ERIC Number: ED202313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Institutional Reviews by State-Level Agencies: The Evergreen Study.
An institutional review of Evergreen State College that was undertaken by the Washington Council for Postsecondary Education is described. A review of a higher education institution by a state agency was unusual but was a compromise action by the 1977 state legislature, which also considered closing the college, whose institutional cost level was high and its enrollment lower than projected. The Council determined that there was potential for enrollment growth, but that it would represent an increase of approximately 90 percent. An examination of Evergreen's accreditation reports revealed that the review committees had consistently given the college high marks. The effectiveness of Evergreen's nontraditional curriculum was assessed through interviewing of current and past students, employers providing internship or cooperative education experiences for Evergreen students, and high school staff and students. Additionally, the college's placement records were compared with those of other institutions in the state. It was found that the college's academic standards were high, students who attended it were tremendously supportive of the institution, employers were quite satisfied with the quality of graduates they had hired, and the placement level of the college was high, but high school students possessed a negative image of the institution, and Evergreen was not doing very much to counteract these impressions. It was concluded that the college had an effective educational program, but that some changes to meet extant student needs were necessary and that marketing strategies had to improve. The 20 recommendations of the Council's report, which included enrollment goals, were positively received by the school, and the Legislature rendered the recommendations into statute law. Improvements have resulted at the college. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Graduates, Educational Assessment, Employer Attitudes, Enrollment, Experimental Colleges, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Nontraditional Education, Reputation, State Agencies, State Colleges, Student Attitudes, Student Placement, Student Recruitment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.