ERIC Number: ED324072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Institutional Effectiveness in Community Colleges.
Doucette, Don, Ed.; Hughes, Billie, Ed.
Designed for use by college administrators and staff, as well as by boards of trustees and legislators, this seven-part report outlines an approach to assessing institutional effectiveness which utilizes mission-based, student-centered indicators of success. Resources to assist practitioners in conducting such an assessment are also identified. The first section provides an overview of the assessment approach presented in subsequent chapters, and includes a discussion of the importance of having an up-to-date mission statement in order to utilize the approach. The following five sections of the report focus in turn on the community college missions of: (1) transfer; (2) career preparation; (3) basic skills and developmental education; (4) continuing education and community service; and (5) access. Each of these sections includes a review of the clients served, the programs generally employed to serve them, and a guide to assessing such programs. Also provided are a list of assessment questions and data sources which can be used to answer such questions. The final section of the report provides detailed answers to 11 specific questions and issues often raised by institutions attempting to undertake an effectiveness assessment. Appendix A provides a guide to selected resources for implementing an institutional assessment process and a list of suggested readings on specific methodologies. Appendix B comments on the issues an institution should consider in selecting or using standardized assessment instruments. (GFW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Outcomes Assessment, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Legislation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Mission Statements, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Role of Education, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: International Business Machines Corp., San Jose, CA.; Educational Testing Service, Los Angeles, CA.; American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Laguna Hills, CA.