ERIC Number: ED344520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Tough Love or Cooperative Learning? Accountability for Higher Education.
Fetler, Mark E.
A study was done examining the experiences of four California community colleges that received pilot program grants to participate in a legislatively mandated, statewide accountability program. The participating colleges were Mount San Antonio College (Los Angeles), San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton), San Jose-Evergreen, and Santa Barbara City College. The data collection included centralized collection and reporting of information on student access, student success, student satisfaction, staff composition, and fiscal condition. Also as part of the study, the colleges and the state Chancellor's office developed a guide for local use and a systemwide accountability program. The study found that accountability had two meanings: at the state level it was tied to educational finance and the desire to make policy based on objective, defensible information. At the local, college level, it was linked to institutional effectiveness. The findings also seemed to suggest that, though features of the state accountability program are similar to recommendations made in Total Quality Management, colleges did not embrace that approach. Conclusions emphasized the importance of evaluation and assessment comprising multiple sources and types of information for a composite picture. Included are 23 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; Mount San Antonio College CA; San Joaquin Delta College CA; Santa Barbara City College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).