ERIC Number: ED197805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Appraising Managerial Performance. Junior College Resource Review.
Lahti, Robert G.
Guidelines are presented for the development of a system for the appraisal of the performance of community college administrators. The importance of such a system to the college's overall success is discussed first, followed by descriptions of seven common evaluation procedures: (1) unstructured essays by supervisors or subordinates describing the administrator's accomplishments; (2) unstructured documentation by the administrator of his/her own activities, using information sources such as daily logs; (3) structured narratives constructed around short-answer questions; (4) structured documentation by the administrator verifying progress on a set of predetermined goals; (5) rating scales; (6) critical incident appraisals, in which evaluators record behavior as it occurs; and (7) appraisal through goal achievement. After enumerations of the advantages and purposes of an appraisal system, three evaluation pitfalls are discussed: the evaluator's subjective judgements, incompatibility of ratings among departments, and vague evaluation criteria. Prerequisites for successful evaluations are then detailed and a list is presented of the characteristics of competent evaluators. Finally, the structure and content of the appraisal interview are examined. Questions that should be asked during this interview are identified, and interviewing techniques are recommended for the evaluator. (JP)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.