ERIC Number: ED346922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
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Increasing Effectiveness by Integrating Planning and Evaluation.
McDonald, Cathryn A.; Calhoun, Harriott D.
In response to the criteria of its regional accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Jefferson State Community College (JSCC) developed an institutional effectiveness plan which, while demonstrating accountability, had as its primary goal the improvement of college programs and services. The plan consisted of three components (i.e., purposes/commitments; plans/planning; and results/evaluation) which were continuously refined and modified through the processes of planning, implementation, and evaluation. In an effort to address institutional goals, JSCC decided to focus on "operational units," defined as any unit composed of one or more people who performed a clearly distinct function. JSCC's planning process was tied to the unit purposes and guided by three basic principles: plans must be flexible; plans must focus on results; and plans must ensure that the results achieved are those intended. The process followed an annual cycle which included review of the planning context, discussion of evaluation results from the previous year, identification of issues and concerns, selection of institutional action priorities and development of unit planning priorities, and budget preparation. The results/evaluation phase of the plan examined the college from four perspectives, that of the institution, of the operational units, of the personnel in these units, and of the students. Each of the three overall components served as an integral part of JSCC's efforts to achieve effectiveness. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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