Dissemination of results for this phase of the DAETE project will ensure that institutions of higher education be informed about how they can use the DAETE benchmarking framework and processes to improve program performance, including overall program quality, efficiency, and effectiveness. Specifically, competitive advantages of participating in a collaborative benchmarking process such as DAETE will be emphasized, along with providing information and consultation about the availability of the DAETE benchmarking tools for use within the IACEE organizational framework and beyond, and how the DAETE framework can be applied to all levels of institutions and types of professional programs.

Dissemination of the project results will be accomplished in several ways:

  • First, the DAETE team will actively participate in major national and international conferences showcasing the DAETE framework. Included within this effort will be the incorporation of DAETE as a key component of the University of Wisconsin’s annual workshop on Building Quality into Online Professional and Technical Degree Programs, and its annual international conference on Distance Learning, which’s attracts more than 1000 participants annually from around the world. In addition, presentations and workshops will be scheduled through major national conferences such as UCEA, NUTN, ASEE, CIEC, WCET, Sloan C and others.
  • Second, the DAETE team will develop a website and publication that provides comprehensive information, tools, and benefits for utilizing the DAETE benchmarking framework, and that provides examples of best practices, processes, successful institutional case studies, and a detailed set of benchmarks of quality. Specific results of beta testing of the framework within institutions within the United States and Europe will be shared.
  • Third, through IACEE, the DAETE benchmarking self-assessment document and accompanying tools will be accessible online at various levels of participation, as noted on page 8 of this proposal. One specific goal of dissemination will be to ascertain demand for making these documents and tools applicable to a broader range of institutions and programs, based upon demand.
  • Fourth, the DAETE team will work with IACEE to create a pool of quality consultants/fellows that will work with registered institutions in helping them to build robust quality benchmarking systems. These fellows will be thoroughly trained in the DAETE framework, quality assurance processes, and how comparative performance data can inform decisions about program direction, changes, and new investment. Once the fellows program is established, it can grow according to demand and institutional interest.