ERIC Number: ED202389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Innovation, Outcomes, and the State Budgeting Process (Conference Summary of State-Level Concerns for Performance Measures, Assessments, and Budgeting for Postsecondary Education).
Peterson, Marvin W.
State-level concerns for postsecondary education are discussed as part of an inservice education conference. Attention is directed to the purposes of a performance approach, distinctions between performance measures and other kinds of measures used for assessment in higher education, concerns about reaching consensus on performance criteria within a state versus the capacity for greater control being exercised, establishing the capacity to measure performance outcomes, the use of performance criterion in an evaluation process, and relating the performance measures to the budgeting function. There appears to be no strong agreement among conference participants on why performance measures are necessary or desirable and no clear evidence as to their consequences. There seems to be a consensus that questions of effectiveness and performance would inevitably have to be faced regardless of their intended purpose. In establishing the capacity to measure performance outcomes, a number of issues are highlighted: the content of each particular performance criterion needs to be carefully delineated; an issue of debate is whether performance measures should be specified for programs or for institutions; and a major difficulty in using performance indicators is the evaluation of other changes occurring in higher education that could affect the outcome indicators. (SW)
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.