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James Sanders is Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies and the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University where he has taught, published, consulted, and conducted evaluations since 1975. A graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Colorado, he has served on the Board and as President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and has served as Chair of the Steering Committee that created the Evaluation Network, a predecessor to AEA. His publications in- clude books on school, student, and program evaluation. He has worked exten- sively with schools, foundations, and government and nonprofit agencies to develop their evaluation practices. As Chair of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, he led the development of the second edition of The Program Evaluation Standards. He was also involved in developing the concepts of applied performance testing for student assessments, cluster evaluation for program evaluations by foundations and government agencies, and mainstreaming evaluation for organizational development. His international work in evaluation has been concentrated in Canada, Europe, and Latin America. He received distinguished ser- vice awards from Western Michigan University, where he helped to establish a PhD program in evaluation, and from the Michigan Association for Evaluation.

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Blaine Worthen is Psychology Professor Emeritus at Utah State University, where he founded and directed the Evaluation Methodology PhD program and the West- ern Institute for Research and Evaluation, conducting more than 350 evaluations for local and national clients in the United States and Canada. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University. He is a former editor of Evaluation Practice and founding editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. He served on the American Evaluation Association Board of Directors and received AEA’s Myrdal Award for Outstanding Evaluation Practitioner and AERA’s Best Evaluation Study Award. He has taught university evaluation courses (1969–1999), managed federally man- dated evaluations in 17 states (1973–1978), advised numerous government and private agencies, and given more than 150 keynote addresses and evaluation workshops in the United States, England, Australia, Israel, Greece, Ecuador, and other countries. He has written extensively in evaluation, measurement, and as- sessment and is the author of 135 articles and six books. His Phi Delta Kappan arti- cle, “Critical Issues That Will Determine the Future of Alternative Assessment,” was distributed to 500 distinguished invitees at the White House’s Goals 2000 Conference. He is recognized as a national and international leader in the field.

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