ERIC Number: ED314123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Proposed Accountability Model for California's Community Colleges: A Paper for Discussion.
MacDougall, Peter R.; Friedlander, Jack
Prepared to ensure that California's community college professionals are aware of present and emerging requirements and options for a statewide accountability system, this paper provides an overview of accountability systems in other states and proposes a model for a California accountability system and specific measures that could be used to meet both state and institutional needs. Introductory sections explain the reasons that the California Association of Community Colleges decided to distribute the discussion paper to its membership, review the legislative mandate for the development of an accountability system, and explain the purposes of the paper. Next, an analysis of the accountability systems of other states discusses state-imposed measures in Florida and Tennessee, state-imposed standards with some measures determined by individual colleges in New Jersey, and state-established accountability categories with institutions determining the measures in Virginia and Colorado. This section also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various methods used to assess institutional accountability, including student tracking, standardized tests, student self-reports, and factual measures. The next section proposes an accountability approach for California, including: (1) a discussion of the guiding principles of the model; (2) a chart listing methods for measuring the attainment of specific outcomes desired at the state level (e.g., diversity, fiscal stability, and effective programs; and (3) an outline of institutional accountability measures to be used for internal evaluation of the college. Concluding remarks include an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed model. (WJT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Barbara City Coll., CA.
Identifiers - Location: California