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ERIC Number: ED108535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Pages: 5
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Assessment and Educational Policy.
Smith, Virginia B.
Planning for Higher Education, v4 n1: 1/4 February 1975
Because of increased access of postsecondary education in the 1950's and 1960's, higher education cost analysis gained importance. Attempts have been made to develop a standard unit cost, but it is hard to see unit cost accounting by itself as a valuable tool for public accountability or policy making. For these purposes a cost-effectiveness ratio is needed. Efforts to analyze costs have proceeded much further and gained considerably more sophistication than efforts to measure effectiveness. As a result, it is understandable that policy makers frequently find themselves relying on cost figures alone as a basis for decisions. Why is it that efforts to measure effectiveness fail? What might be done to move in that direction and what are the problems? In an attempt to answer these questions the study considers: (1) criteria by default: manpower models; (2) criteria: access and retention; (3) criteria: vocational and career choices; (4) education's lifelong benefits; (5) measurement as an educational tool. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Society for Coll. and Univ. Planning, New York, NY.