ERIC Number: ED292486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-25
Assessing Student Goals and Outcomes.
Brawer, Florence B.
In the case of community colleges and their students, expectations and outcomes are varied, pervasive, and open to question. The measures of success that are typically applied to senior colleges (e.g., degrees awarded) are not sufficient. While progress toward degree attainment is a valid measure for those recent high school students who aspire to the baccalaureate, it is not adequate for the one-third of the community college students who seek skills enabling them to gain immediate employment, or the 15% who seek retraining or relicensure, or the 15% who take courses only for their personal interest. Clearly different measures must be applied to account for the institutional effects on these various groups. Estimating the college's contribution to its students requires that the students' reasons for matriculating be known. It cannot be assumed that all students in transfer courses want to transfer or that all students in vocational classes want to obtain employment. The only way to determine the primary reasons for students attending college is to ask them in a specific and immediate, rather than a global and open-ended, way. Once the students' goals are determined, efforts can be made to determine whether those goals are being achieved. (UCM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Maryland Dean's Meeting (Arnold, MD, March 25, 1988).