ERIC Number: ED347383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Accountability in Continuing Education: Measuring Noncredit Student Outcomes.
Clagett, Craig A.; McConochie, Daniel D.
AIR Professional File, n42 Fall 1991
Although only Ohio has issued statewide standards for noncredit continuing education and a few other states have looked at such a process, most of the literature on student outcomes focuses exclusively on degree-credit programs. A college, university, or state system might want to assess continuing education outcomes for the following reasons: to improve a growing area of college operations, to establish or enhance educational data collection, to document the contribution of continuing education to economic development, to enhance the public image of continuing education, to respond to accountability mandates, and to preserve tax support to continuing education. Common obstacles to noncredit outcome assessment include educator resistance, questions of approach and method, and difficulty of reaching and studying the diverse population of continuing education students. Measures of noncredit student outcomes could include course attendance, completion of course requirements, achievement or maintenance of licensure or certification, employment, pursuit of further education, achievement of personal goals, student satisfaction indexes, and employer satisfaction. Several databases might be designed to assist in assessing noncredit student outcomes, such as student and course information systems, course evaluations, follow-up survey files, licensure and certification examination results, and employment records. (19 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research.