ERIC Number: ED211024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Use of State-Level Goals as the Basis for Assessing Postsecondary Education Performance.
Kiehle, Fred E., III
The role of state-level goals in providing a framework for assessing the performance of postsecondary education in Georgia is considered. The effort of the Governor's Committee on Postsecondary Education in developing goals and indicators of goal achievement and in analyzing performance is described. The Committee developed a set of goals and objectives, and the reactions of government employees, school and college staff, business and industry representatives, members of occupational and professional associations, and citizens were elicited through survey responses and public hearings. Tentative identification of indicators of how well an objective was achieved was undertaken by five task forces consisting of representatives from the various sectors. From the suggestions, the Committee developed a list of 116 indicators for statewide review. Further refinement was achieved and eight goals were established in the areas of individual development, diversity and accessibility, responsiveness, excellence, effectiveness and efficiency, and public awareness. These were accompanied by 30 objectives and 96 indicators. The strengths of the process pertain to its comprehensiveness and relative objectivity. Additionally, the interrelatedness of various goals, objectives, and indicators can be more easily recognized and considered when assessment activities are based on a comprehensive goals statement. Weaknesses of the approach include the size of the task of making such an assessment and inadequate information to assess certain goals and objectives. Overall, the process is more effective at identifying problems than with coming up with detailed solutions. However, the objective identification of problem areas is a contribution to the problem-solving process. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Governor's Committee on Postsecondary Education, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented to the Joint Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research and the North Carolina Association for Institutional Research (Charlotte, NC, October 29-30, 1981).