ERIC Number: ED111270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
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The Accountability Challenge to Higher Education. The SUNY Experience.
Comment, v2 n5 July 1975
While the agenda of the 1960's was one of expansion at maximum feasible speed, the by-words of the 1970's are accountability and its correlates: effectiveness, efficiency, and quality. In statewide university systems accountability is a formidable task. A major difficulty comes from the diversity of goals and disagreement or confusion over measuring the achievement of those goals. Two major aspects of the problem are contradictory perceptions of "who is accountable for what" and actual operation of a system of accountability. There has been a failure in measuring performance and to distinguish and relate input variables, process variables, and output variables. Many previous evaluations by accrediting agencies and external reviewers have tended to focus of the input variables of quality and reputation of faculty, quality of students, and adequacy of resources. This orientation overlooks the impact of a program upon the ultimate success of its students and, of equal importance, it tends to neglect the manner in which teachers and learners interact for some purpose. By delineating and clarifying the evaluation process through the use of a specific checklist confusion can by minimized and areas of agreement can be enlarged. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany.