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In calling for the transformation of military medical education and training, the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended relocating basic and specialty enlisted medical training to a single site to take advantage of economies of scale and the opportunity for joint training. As a result, a joint medical education and training campus (METC) has been established at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Two of METC's primary long-term goals are to become a high-performing learning organization and to seek accreditation as a community college. Such goals require a clear model of organizational improvement with well-defined metrics for measuring its performance and using research and evaluation to assess and improve that performance. Lessons learned from a review of practices at institutions with similar missions — such as community colleges, corporate universities, the UK's Defence Medical Education and Training Agency, and other federal agencies, such as the Veterans Health Administration — establish a clear need for an office of institutional research to help METC attain its organizational goals. They also provide useful recommendations regarding the METC office's structure, scope, and governance.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Need for a Research and Evaluation Capability: Becoming a High-Performing Organization

  • Chapter Three

    Need for a Research and Evaluation Capability: Accreditation Requirements

  • Chapter Four

    Structure and Scope of an Office of Institutional Research: Findings from Interviews

  • Chapter Five

    Lessons Learned from Organizations with Training Missions Similar to That of METC

  • Chapter Six

    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix

    The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program: Education Criteria for Performance Excellence and Framework

The research reported here was sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The research was conducted jointly by the Center for Military Health Policy Research, a RAND Health program, and the Forces and Resources Policy Center, a RAND National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) program. NDRI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by OSD, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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