ERIC Number: ED394603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-14
Reference Count: N/A
Seize the Opportunity.
Hudgins, James L.
In the mid-1980's, the paradigm used by business and elected leaders for viewing higher education shifted toward an emphasis on accountability and institutional effectiveness. In general, community colleges have been more responsive than senior colleges to accountability mandates, in part because community colleges have measured their progress in terms of student success and community impact. Moreover, community colleges should embrace the institutional effectiveness paradigm since it provides them with new opportunities to prove their value to their communities and the nation. First, institutional effectiveness measures allow colleges to offer consistent and comparable information to government policy makers and the public. Second, they help community colleges demonstrate their value to communities through the provision of cost-effective strategies for preparing a highly educated workforce. Third, they can help community colleges improve teaching and learning. Midlands Technical College (MTC), in South Carolina, has implemented institutional effectiveness measures since 1987. In collecting effectiveness data, three of the outcomes examined by the college include client satisfaction, focusing on student retention; institutional climate, including the use of effectiveness measures and employee participation to restructure the college; and student learning, focusing on transfer student success, career graduate placement, and employer evaluations of graduates. Finally, in addressing these outcomes, MTC has made a commitment to assessing and improving effectiveness at the classroom level, including projects to examine outcomes for developmental and mathematics education. (TGI)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Government School Relationship, Institutional Evaluation, Organizational Climate, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Midlands Technical College SC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Presidents' Breakfast of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (Atlanta, GA, April 14, 1996).