ERIC Number: ED196327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Who Guards the Guardians? The Evaluation of Statewide Boards of Higher Education. Occasional Paper Series, Number 7.
French, Elizabeth; Berdahl, Robert
Issues pertinent to evaluation of statewide boards of higher education are considered, and the cases of South Carolina and several other states are covered. Evaluation is seen as a form of accountability. Reasons why better, more formal evaluation of statewide boards will be important to a wide range of constituencies--such as trends toward performance budgeting--are examined, and various complexities of the evaluation process are addressed. The major relevant evaluation efforts undertaken recently are summarized, including the University of Missouri Task Force on State Level Coordination and Governance in Higher Education, two Alabama evaluations, evaluations by the Academy for Educational Development of consolidated governing boards of Mississippi, West Virginia, and Florida; and legislative performance evaluations in Connecticut and South Carolina. Evaluation criteria used by South Carolina's Legislative Audit Council to evaluate the Commission on Higher Education, critical reactions to the criteria from selected respondents around the country, and modifications based on the reactions are examined. The question of who should evaluate issues pertaining to higher education is addressed. Various supplementary materials pertaining to state evaluation efforts are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Dept. of Higher Education.
Identifiers: Alabama; Connecticut; Florida; Mississippi; Missouri; South Carolina; West Virginia
Note: Part of the description of the South Carolina evaluation criteria may not reproduce well.