ERIC Number: ED369456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-6
Collaborative Learning Strategies for the 90s in the Development of Institutional Effectiveness.
Participation in a Title III consortium grant has brought about many changes at Cochise College in Arizona, and has helped create an institutional culture that embraces change and supports faculty and staff efforts to improve the institution. In December, 1993, a Planning Task Force (PTF) was established, composed of 23 members, about one-half of whom were faculty members. The PTF's initial efforts were spent in reviewing a pilot budgeting process, giving members a greater appreciation for the task of establishing college priorities and allocating resources. The PTF meetings have served as staff development opportunities, as members have applied their experiences in the PTF to other areas of their jobs. In addition to the PTF, other faculty have been involved in Assessment Focus committees, formed to link institutional goals with intended outcomes, effectiveness standards, and key indicators. The General Education, Direct Employment, and Developmental Education focus committees, for example, have drafted statements of purpose and begun to link developmental education learning outcomes to preparing students for college-level coursework. Other Title III efforts include the pilot testing of the Community College Student Experiences Questionnaire to measure student quality of effort and gain as well as satisfaction and an ad-hoc Student Tracking committee collecting information on student intent and goals. Through these efforts, the college plans to meet its goal of integrating assessment, planning, and budgeting by the 1996-97 academic year. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (74th, Washington, DC, April 6-9, 1994).