ERIC Number: ED054754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Accountability in Higher Education; A Consideration of Some of the Problems Assessing College Impacts.
Hartnett, Rodney T.
The institutional research that has been carried out continually on many campuses and the kind of educational accounting that is being demanded of higher education are not one and the same. Neither is accountability synonymous with management information systems. This paper attempts to clarify the differences among evaluation in higher education, educational accounting, and management information systems. Evaluation is concerned primarily with educational effectiveness; accountability is concerned with effectiveness and efficiency; and the management information system is the central feature of an accountability system. The paper also deals with some of the problems encountered in measuring educational impact, such as: (1) the problem of defining and assessing institutional goals; (2) the criterion problem and behavioral objectives in assessing college impact; (3) the lack of variance problem and the need for multiple criterion measures; and (4) the problem of inferring effects in naturalistic settings. (AF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Evaluation, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Institutional Role, Management Systems, Measurement, Objectives, Problems
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Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.