ERIC Number: ED335071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
California Community Colleges. Improving It: Accountability by Design.
Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Drawing from a review of the literature, existing studies of accountability in other states, and the experiences of four California community colleges that are developing local accountability systems, this six-part guide offers ideas and suggestions for community college educators who wish to design accountability systems that will increase institutional productivity and effectiveness. Chapter 1 presents background information on the accountability movement in California and reviews its relevance to community colleges. Chapter 2 defines accountability and describes principles and criteria for designing an accountability system and selecting indicators. Chapter 3 describes the Chancellor's Accountability Program for California Community Colleges, presenting 19 indicators suggested for statewide accountability reporting, and comparing the advantages and disadvantages of using selected indicators. The indicators listed correspond to student access, success, and satisfaction; staff composition; and fiscal conditions. Chapter 4 presents a framework for designing an accountability system, offering options at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels. Chapter 5 discusses the major issues in selecting indicators and implementing an accountability program. Chapter 6 provides a checklist of key recommendations for designing an effective accountability system. Appendix A presents descriptions of pilot accountability plans developed by four community colleges' chosen by the Chancellor's Office to serve as model sites (i.e., Mt. San Antonio College, San Joaquin Delta College, San Jose/Evergreen College District, and Santa Barbara City College). Appendix B provides a list of resources on accountability. (PAA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.