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ERIC Number: ED247878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Pages: 116
Abstractor: N/A
Presidential Assessment: A Guide to the Periodic Review of the Performance of Chief Executives.
Nason, John W.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Guidelines for the review of the performance of college presidents are presented. After a review of pressures for more formal appraisals of presidents, the method and purpose of the evaluation are discussed. Major purposes include the following: to strengthen the president's position and improve performance, to review and improve the governance of the institution, and to educate trustees, faculty, and others on the president's role. The choice of methods depends on the purposes envisaged by president and board, and on the institutional context. The advantages and disadvantages of formal versus informal evaluations are examined, and actual procedures that have been used at colleges are described. The procedures vary widely, depending on the nature of the governing board, the type and complexity of the institution, and the climate of the campus. Discussions of presidential self-assessment and assessment by other constituencies are followed by a summary chapter which provides a concise overview of the issue in the form of 11 highlights of the assessment process. Six necessary ingredients for conducting a proper assessment are also described. addressed. Appendices include evaluation guidelines for a large private university, a small church-related college, and three state institutions; and letters, questionnaires, and rating scales. (SW)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Revision of 1980 publication. For related documents, see HE 017 703-705.