ERIC Number: ED152135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
The Use of Surveys of Graduates (Outcome Studies) for Accountability and Academic Planning.
Henard, Ralph E.
Federal and state govenmental agencies and committees increasingly request that postsecondary educational institutions supply outcomes data related to the employment and income of degree recipients from degree programs offered. Surveys of college and university graduates have provided information to meet these accountability demands. They have also been used for academic planning, resource allocations, and for institutional self studies for accreditation. When survey results are used for these latter purposes, they should include assessments of the intellectual, personal and social development resulting from the educational experience and they shoud be evaluated in terms of the roles, goals, and educational objectives of an institution. To obtain perspective in academic planning and resource allocations, survey results should be used with other information such as the number of student credit hours generated by degree programs and the number of degrees granted. Two large-scale surveys of graduates are described. The results reveal that the educational experience provided rewarding benefits occupationally and in intellectual and personal development. The evaluations of academic programs and student services are useful for academic planning and resource allocations. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, March l978)