ERIC Number: ED290392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-30
Reference Count: 0
The Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness: The Responses of Colleges and Universities to Regional Accreditation.
Gentemann, Karen M.; Rogers, Brenda H.
The evaluation of "institutional effectiveness" is required by many accrediting agencies. The degree to which institutions have mobilized to meet the new criteria is the focus of this study. Surveys were sent to chief executive officers (CEOs) of institutions which will be reviewed within the next 5 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Respondents were persons designated by the CEOs as having responsibility for the evaluation of institutional effectiveness. A total of 167 institutions participated, for a response rate of 54%. This paper compares responses by: (1) the type of institutions (highest degree offered, governance, and size); (2) the function of the office responsible for evaluation; and (3) the existence of institutional research offices. Few differences were found across types of institutions. However, the overall results point out specific areas where the majority of institutions are not currently engaged in ongoing, institutional assessment. An important finding of the survey is that the majority of institutions have not approached student outcomes assessment as an ongoing activity with an institution-wide perspective. The implications for the profession of institutional research are discussed. (Author/KM)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Administrative Organization, College Administration, College Planning, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Research, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research and the Society for College and University Planning (New Orleans, LA, October 28-30, 1987).