ERIC Number: ED158656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Measures of Institutional Goal Achievement.
The results of a 1976 study, "Measures of Institutional Goal Achievement" (MIGA), based on a survey of 1,150 faculty, administrators, and trustees at 45 American colleges and universities are presented, and implications for the work of college planners and administrators are assessed. Respondents, answering questions about goal priorities and measure appropriateness, largely agreed on what their institutions' goals should be and on the criteria for assessing progress toward those goals. Most were skeptical about the value of the measures of productivity most widely used now such as student-faculty ratios and expenditure patterns, preferring objective measures pertaining to more affective impacts including satisfaction, growth, and value added. Some implications of these responses are: (1) goal assessment should take effectiveness as well as efficiency into account; (2) reliance on efficiency-oriented measures will contribute to the emergence of incentive systems antithetic to the purposes of higher education; and (3) trustees appear inadequately informed to provide direction to goal setting and evaluation. Much of the information obtained from the study is organized in tables. Appendices contain a list of institutions surveyed and a copy of the MIGA questionnaire, and a bibliography is included. (JMD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Affective Objectives, Bibliographies, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Efficiency, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Research, Measurement Objectives, Measurement Techniques, Productivity, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Tables (Data)
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Post Office Drawer P, Boulder, Colorado 80302
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO. National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
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