ERIC Number: ED359910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Two Higher Education Accountability Issues: Student Assessment and Faculty Workload. Report to Utah State Legislature. Report Number 91-03.
Utah State Office of the Legislative Auditor General, Salt Lake City.
This report, in examining higher education accountability, reviews how student assessment is used nationally and in Utah to improve higher education accountability, and reviews the methods used in Utah to monitor faculty workload. Student assessments do provide a direct method of evaluating higher education effectiveness, and Utah's institutions are now developing student assessment programs to meet Board of Regents' and accreditation requirements. Institutional commitment and progress, however, varies widely, and it is suggested that the Utah State Legislature should act to spur greater efforts in developing these assessments at those institutions where their development is found to be at an unsatisfactory pace. Legislative alternatives are discussed. The report states that acquiring more information on faculty workload will require considerable political and administrative effort to overcome the barriers which now limit its availability. Obstacles to the availability of this information and problems with existing reports on faculty workload are identified. A past effort to collect workload data shows differences in teaching loads among Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) institutions that may be important to legislators or the public. However, the report data is incomplete and may not be accurate, suggesting that the legislature may wish to authorize regular reports on faculty workload. Appendices provide USHE institutional progress reports on student assessment programs and activities. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of the Legislative Auditor General, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah