ERIC Number: ED318511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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An Institutional Model for Assessment.
Langley, Harry M.; Wood, Clara C.
In March 1986, Brevard College, a private two-year liberal arts college, was evaluated for reaccreditation under the new criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Recommendations resulting from the visit focused on long-range planning, identification of expected educational outcomes, and development of outcomes assessment strategies. In response, the college conducted a a campus-wide workshop on educational outcomes, formulated a planning process, and tentatively reformulated the goals of the college. An Institutional Effectiveness Committee, consisting of faculty and administrators, was formed to recommend strategies and processes to the administrative staff for annual and long-range planning, as well as the means for evaluating the effectiveness of each action. The committee's directives for the 1987-88 academic year included: (1) discuss the function of planning and assessment with faculty, staff, and administrative units; (2) assist administrative units in following the approved planning process; (3) evaluate the effectiveness of the planning process; (4) assess the college's data collection activities; and (5) propose an overall method of outcomes assessment. Using Ken Yamada's variables for comprehensive institutional assessment, the committee developed an outcomes assessment model. The student assessment component of the model includes basic skills and diagnostic data, academic progress data for the first and second years, follow-up alumni surveys, transfer performance data, level of satisfaction determinations at various points, and personal development. Other aspects of institutional effectiveness assessed in the model are faculty and administrator employment satisfaction, professional development, the quality of the faculty, system openness, community interaction, ability to acquire resources, and organizational health. Appendixes include a list of the recommendations made to Brevard College and the college's responses, a synthesis of college goals, Brevard's model for faculty, staff, and institutional assessment, and year-end reports. (WJT)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), College Administration, College Faculty, College Outcomes Assessment, College Planning, Followup Studies, Institutional Evaluation, Long Range Planning, Models, Organizational Objectives, Private Colleges, School Effectiveness, Student Evaluation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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