ERIC Number: ED217948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Quality: A Decision-Making Approach. A Report of the Program Quality Indicators Project of the Florida Community/Junior College Inter-Institutional Research Council, 1981-82.
Steuart, T. Al; Rathburn, C. B., III
The project described in this report was conducted to identify what information about program characteristics was considered most useful by administrators in Florida's community college system in making decisions about program quality and to produce profiles of program characteristics to facilitate the decision-making process. Chapter I contains an introduction to the project, its purposes, rationale, and scope. In Chapter II, literature is reviewed on a decision-oriented model of educational evaluations that served as the basis of the project, on attempts in higher education to address the question of quality, and on other related topics. Chapter III discusses the types of information to be used in quality evaluation decisions and outlines the project's design and methodology. In Chapter IV, the results of a survey of 450 administrators at 24 of Florida's community colleges are presented in sections dealing with respondents' characteristics, results for all respondents, and results by respondents' program area, by administrative area, and by selected institutional and personal characteristics. Chapter V contains a summary of the project and its results and 24 recommendations, including that quality be evaluated by program area rather than by institution. Appendices include classifications used in the data analysis, the questionnaire, and detailed survey results. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Community Junior Coll. Inter-institutional Research Council, Gainesville.