ERIC Number: ED279379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Proving What We're Doing Is Working: The Student Flow Research Model.
Coffey, Janis Cox
Whether termed "quality indicators,""student outcomes," or "measures of accountability," the concern for educational effectiveness is surfacing as the new focus for community colleges. Key to the realization of educational accountability is the availability of solid research information that can assess to what extent results are being achieved. The Student Flow Research Model of the Los Rios Community College District has repeatedly been commended as a way of providing this information. The model brings together data on: (1) the district's service area population, including the key demographic factors of age, gender and ethnic mix; educational levels; and English proficiency; (2) the characteristics of entering students, including age, gender, ethnicity, unit load status, educational background and goals, and financial aid status; (3) evaluation of student performance and of college programs and services; and (4) follow-up of transfer, occupational, and nonreturning students. Each study report emanating from the Student Flow Research effort is published in its full form, as an executive summary and as a series of overlays and graphics that can be used with a variety of internal and external audiences. The ability to demonstrate improvement in educational practices, and to follow students through the college's program to employment or transfer, benefits decision making at both the institutional and state levels. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Rios Community Coll. District, Sacramento, CA.