ERIC Number: ED256459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Leadership Imperatives for Program Planning and Assessment.
Nespoli, Lawrence A.
The educational decisions that are made today must consider the current situation of declining enrollment, but also take into account the resurgence in higher education that is certain to follow within the next decade. Community college administrators must take on the role of leaders (i.e., those who infuse an organization with values) rather than managers (i.e., those who seek to efficiently operate the organization within the framework of values and directions already determined). One of the first tasks of these community college leaders will be to establish an academic strategy, which looks beyond the most efficient way to accomplish current activities to see whether those activities are relevant to the rapidly changing external environment. As leaders, community college administrators must give greater priority to the development of long-range academic plans for curricula and programs. Program assessment goes hand-in-hand with program planning. If approached seriously, program assessment results in substantive instructional and administrative changes. The main criteria to be considered in program evaluation are the demand for, quality of, and cost of the programs. Based on these criteria, a number of instructional decisions are made, with respect to learning objectives, instructional methods, and devoted resources. The quality of these decisions depends upon the quality of the information upon which they are based. Statewide programs, such as the Program Data Monitoring System in Maryland, help provide colleges with such information for their use in program assessment efforts. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (65th, San Diego, CA, April 14-17, 1985).