Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Edgar A. Kelley

Second Advisor

Dr. James Sanders

Third Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower


The purpose of the study was to determine the degree to which The Personnel Evaluation Standards developed by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (1988) were applicable and could be applied in a specific industrial setting. Strengths and weaknesses of a specific corporate evaluation process were examined by using the Standards and guidelines within the Standards as a benchmark. The Standards were also used to recommend possible improvements in the design and development of the system.

The method used to apply the standards was patterned from the five steps outlined in "A General Approach to Applying the Standards" (Joint Committee, 1988, p. 125). Five judges used a consensus method to apply the standards to the specific corporate evaluation process.

Research questions that were addressed included: (1) Are the Standards applicable in an industrial setting and to a specific corporate evaluation system? (2) To what degree are the Standards addressed in an industrial personnel evaluation system? (3) Are there industrial standards and guidelines that did not correspond to any of the Joint Committee's Standards? (4) Is it feasible to use the Standards for critiquing a specific corporate evaluation process and making recommendations for improvement?

Three conclusions were drawn from this study. First, the Standards are generalizable and feasible for use in settings other than education. Second, some (9%) of the Standards' guidelines are not universally applicable in settings other than education. Third, all Standard guidelines could be written to be universally applicable.

Three major recommendations were made: (a) Consideration should be given to rewriting the Standards to make them applicable in all settings; (b) care should be exercised when using the Standards outside of education to be certain that the guidelines are appropriate for the type of setting; and (c) this study is but one check of the Standards applicability outside of education and further studies should be made.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access