The Founders

Dr. John Ramseyer was head of the OSU School of Education in 1965. When the federal government began requiring that all school districts include sound evaluation plans with their requests for federal funds, Dr. Ramseyer noted that Ohio State, as a flagship institution, had a major obligation to assist all the schools in the state. In response, he commissioned the establishment of The Evaluation Center. As a result, The Ohio State University Test Development Center, which was headed by Dan Stufflebeam, suddenly expanded to become The Ohio State University Evaluation Center.


Daniel Stufflebeam Dr. Daniel Stufflebeam went to The Ohio State University to head its test development operation, including especially the development of GED tests. When John Ramseyer enlisted his help in responding to the evaluation needs of Ohio schools, he became the founding director of The Evaluation Center in 1965 and has headed the Center ever since. Dr. Stufflebeam chaired the national Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation for the first 13 years of its existence and also was the founding director of the Center for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE). Included among his many publications is the influential book, Educational Evaluation and Decision Making.


Egon Guba Dr. Egon Guba¬† The newly founded Evaluation Center was housed in The Ohio State University Bureau of Educational Research and Service, which was directed by Egon Guba. He immediately assumed administrative oversight of the Center’s work. Dr. Guba has continued to be a strong supporter of the Center through the years. When the first Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation was organizing, it was Dr. Guba who insisted that the committee include all relevant stakeholder perspectives, providing the basis for widespread acceptance of the Standards. Dr. Guba’s work exemplifies creativity in examining the state of the art of evaluation and the search for innovative advances.


John Sandberg Dr. John Sandberg was deputy director of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in 1966. At that time, Dan Stufflebeam had been appointed to the team that the federal government sent out to evaluate that and several other labs and centers. Through the annual visits to Portland, Dr. Stufflebeam came to know and admire Dr. Sandberg and his work. In 1968, Dr. Sandberg became dean of education at Western Michigan University and was highly influential in Dr. Stufflebeam’s decision to move the Center to WMU. Dr. Sandberg was a very supportive dean and, after retiring from the deanship, became an active participant in a number of the Center’s projects.


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