ERIC Number: ED081398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education Objectives; Measures of Performance and Effectiveness.
Keller, John E.
This paper defines and clarifies aspects of the problem of measuring the outputs and objectives of higher education. The author proposes some standard terminology and introduces in a relatively unstructured way some ideas which may stimulate more systematic and critical thinking on the problem of measures of outputs and objectives. The attention of the paper is confined to the question of measures for the instructional process. Definitions of the concepts of effectiveness, outputs, benefits and efficiency and value-added are posted. They, using these definitions, the author describes an analytic comparison system for measuring instructional efficiency. First, he examines the question of total costs and total benefits which result from instruction in a particular field in a given institution among degree programs at various levels. He then postulates an second level of comparison concerning degree work at a given level within a given institution but covering different fields. Analysis of this sort might reveal a determinable relationship between resources invested and quality of output. The form of this relationship would be of considerable interest in that institutions would have some rough idea of the cost of changing their output quality indices. (Author)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Instructional Systems, Measurement Techniques, Performance Factors, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Ford Foundation, 2288 Fulton Street, Berkeley, California 94720
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Ford Foundation Program for Research in Univ. Administration.