ERIC Number: ED366386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-10
Reference Count: N/A
AB 1725 Accountability: Work in Progress. A Report.
Walters, Judy E.
California Assembly Bill 1725 requires the development and implementation of a comprehensive community college educational and fiscal accountability system. In response to the bill, the Chancellor's Office (CO) of the California Community Colleges is moving away from its traditional functions of compliance and regulatory activity toward establishing an accountability structure based on student outcomes and district results rather than input measures. An accountability program has been developed which centrally collects information on college outcomes related to student access, student success, student satisfaction, staff composition, and fiscal condition, but also recognizes the importance of locally designed and managed accountability efforts. Obstacles have been identified to implementing the accountability program, including the variance in local management information system capabilities, uneven local research competence, local skepticism, and a patchwork of existing burdensome statewide reporting requirements. The CO's proposal for overcoming these obstacles includes the following five components: (1) the annual publication of a statewide accountability indicators report; (2) annual in-depth studies of individual accountability areas; (3) periodic statewide surveys to assess student satisfaction; (4) more effective data collection and dissemination; and (5) disseminating exemplary accountability models and providing technical assistance to districts. A work-in-progress version of the accountability indicators report and a table of non-participating districts are appended. (MAB)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, College Governing Councils, College Outcomes Assessment, College Planning, Community Colleges, Educational Legislation, Institutional Research, Program Effectiveness, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Strategic Planning, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.