ERIC Number: ED270055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-30
Effectiveness Information and Institutional Change: An Exploratory Analysis.
Ewell, Peter T.
Factors that affect the implementation of information-based improvements in college instruction and decision-making are considered, based on a conceptual scheme for comparing information-based change efforts. Based on a student outcomes project, eight brief case studies of public colleges illustrate different patterns leading to successful use of assessment information to induce change. Obstacles for using effectiveness information are identified, along with the broad role of information in college decision-making. To assess information-based change efforts, the following types of variables are important: the structure and process of institutional decision-making; the use of information in decision-making; and strategies employed to induce change based on assessment information. Specific variables include: institutional type and mission, school size, array of programs, locus of decision-making; resource flexibility, the quality and extent of available information, pressure for information use by top administrators, utilization of unit resources, and the integration of the change effort with ongoing activities. Appended are interview questions used in the National Center for Educational Management Systems Student Outcomes Project, along with a description of the format for reporting campus activities. Eight pages of references conclude the report. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.