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ERIC Number: ED139463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Academic Program Productivity Study.
Meisinger, Richard J., Jr.; Riley, Patricia J.
Virginia's Council of Higher Education quantitatively evaluated the productivity of 436 degree programs in 23 community colleges. Programs were reviewed in terms of the average number of degrees conferred each year and on the basis of full-time equivalent enrollment (FTE). Minimum standards by which programs were evaluated included annual production of 10 Associate in Arts (AA)/Associate in Science (AS) degrees or 7 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees per program, and 18 to 22 lower division FTE students in AA/AS degree programs or 13 to 17 lower division FTE students in AAS programs. Special consideration was given to low-productivity interdisciplinary programs, new programs, and programs given special justification by the sponsoring college. As a result of the statewide program review, 45 programs were identified which required additional justification for their continuance; of these, 34 were voluntarily terminated by the Community College Board, five were closed by the Council, five were consolidated into two, and action was deferred in one case. Appended is a separate document issued by the Council, "The Quantitative Evaluation of Degree Programs", setting forth the degree productivity criteria, service criteria, and program evaluation procedures for Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degree programs. (JDS)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Community Colleges, Doctoral Degrees, Enrollment Rate, Evaluation Criteria, Masters Degrees, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Boards of Education, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia