ERIC Number: ED352077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
A Report to the Kansas Council of Instructional Administrators on Institutional Effectiveness Assessment and Student Academic Achievement.
Recent accreditation guidelines of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as various legislative initiatives, require two-year institutions in Kansas to develop measures of student achievement as part of their overall assessment of institutional effectiveness. In July and August of 1992, a subcommittee of the Kansas Council of Instructional Administrators sent a questionnaire to the deans of instruction at Kansas's community colleges to obtain information on each college's institutional effectiveness assessment plans. Survey findings, based on a 100% response rate from the 19 deans, included the following: (1) 79% of the deans indicated that the colleges had engaged in a review of their mission statements as a preparation for assessing institutional effectiveness, though only 47% had involved students in the review process; (2) only six deans viewed faculty members as "strongly committed" to the process of institutional effectiveness assessment; (3) only 42% of the colleges had developed a formal plan or model for assessing institutional effectiveness; (4) while most colleges conducted formal evaluations of academic programs, few utilized student-outcomes based evaluation; (5) the most frequently used measures of student achievement were retention rate, grade distribution analysis, pass rates on licensure exams, and employment rates; (6) at 12 colleges, the evaluation of faculty was considered part of the institutional assessment process; and (7) 74% of the deans reported that sustaining long-term faculty support represented a significant obstacle to the successful implementation of an institutional assessment plan. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accreditation (Institutions), Administrator Attitudes, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Deans, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Organizational Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Self Evaluation (Groups), State Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS.