ERIC Number: ED335087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Institutional Effectiveness: A Strategy for Institutional Renewal.
Efforts to assess institutional effectiveness not only enable community colleges to meet accreditation mandates, but can also serve as a catalyst for institutional renewal. Institutional effectiveness has become an important topic for the 1990s as a result of past neglect of accountability, new legislative mandates for education, changes in accreditation criteria from process-oriented to outcomes-oriented, and a renewed interest on the part of colleges in improving the quality of instruction. To assess institutional effectiveness a college must define the mission of the college; articulate the major results that are expected from the achievement of the mission; and determine the specific evidence that will be acceptable to determine whether those results have been achieved. At a minimum, institutional assessment processes will require that institutions: (1) articulate their mission; (2) establish a planning mechanism; (3) develop an evaluation system; (4) identify critical areas of success; (5) establish priority standards upon which the college can judge its effectiveness; (6) determine mechanisms for documenting if the established standards have been met; and (7) utilize the results of assessment for decision making. In addition, colleges must enlist the support of the president and board of trustees, involve all units of the college, and determine how to pay for assessment. Indicators of effectiveness might include transfer student success, job placement rates of graduates, employer satisfaction, and economic impact of the institution. Institutions should publicly recognize individuals and departments that make significant contributions toward achievement of the college's mission. (PAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Midlands Technical Coll., Columbia, SC.