ERIC Number: ED351073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Accountability: Commitment to Quality. A Report.
Walters, Judy E.; Fetler, Mark E.
California Assembly Bill (AB) 1725 requires the California Community Colleges (CCC) to develop and implement a comprehensive educational and fiscal accountability system, beginning no later than 1991-92. As part of the system, individual colleges will provide data to the Chancellor's Office on student access, success, and satisfaction; staff composition; and fiscal condition. In January 1991, the Chancellor's Office convened a task force to provide consultation to four community college districts that had received special CCC grants to develop prototype accountability reports. In addition, the Chancellor contracted with Far West Laboratory to write a technical assistance guide for the colleges, "Improving It: Accountability by Design," and with Strategic Planning Associates to conduct a cost study, "California Community College Accountability: State and Local Implementation Costs." The resulting statewide accountability program consisted of the following elements: (1) a statewide accountability indicators report, compiled annually by the Chancellor's Office; (2) in-depth accountability studies; (3) statewide surveys; (4) more effective data collection and dissemination efforts; and (5) a depository and/or clearinghouse for exemplary accountability models. The task force emphasized the need to seek funds to improve the capacity of the colleges to conduct institutional research and develop management information systems; to implement the statewide program; and to improve college and Chancellor's Office access to statewide employment and transfer databases. Appendixes provide task force and pilot district contact information; an Accountability Indicators Report; and an executive summary of the cost study. (PAA)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Quality, Financial Policy, Management Information Systems, Participant Satisfaction, Program Development, School Effectiveness, School Statistics, School Surveys, State School District Relationship, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Board of Governors.