ERIC Number: ED357773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
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Evaluating the College Mission through Assessing Institutional Outcomes.
Myers, Christopher J.; Silvers, Philip J.
To develop a new mission statement for Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Arizona, a "charrette" process was utilized, in which detailed community input was solicited and incorporated as part of the mission statement development. Approximately 100 representatives of the greater Tucson community, together with PCC staff, developed the mission statement for PCC in 1989. After the initial charrette, the same group convened several months later to develop a set of outcomes, or Indicators of Success (IS), directly linked to each of the 12 major areas of the college mission. After this second charrette, PCC's chancellor appointed an Editorial Committee of six representative charrette participants. After 3 meetings, the committee reduced the 56 proposed IS to a final 23. In the ensuing months, an Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC), comprised of administrators, faculty, and staff at PCC, prescribed one or more specific measures to assess each of the IS. For each measure, the IEC listed a success criterion, data source, and timeline for collecting data. The resulting specifications table served as the basis for the collection, analysis, and reporting of assessment information. In May 1992, PCC's first annual "report to the community" was conducted, in which assessment results were presented to the original charrette groups. This process became a major support for program improvement at PCC and helped to meet new accreditation reporting requirements. A table of 10 sample mission areas, with their corresponding IS, measures, and assessment results; a review of specific factors contributing to the project's success; implications for research; and references are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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