ERIC Number: ED371784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-19
Reference Count: N/A
Accountability and the Movement to Performance Indicators: The South Carolina Experience [and] Guidelines for Institutional Effectiveness.
Krech, Alan S.
Providing information on assessment and institutional effectiveness programs in South Carolina, this two-part document describes the use of performance indicators (PI's) and presents state guidelines for institutional effectiveness. The first part discusses assessment in South Carolina, indicating that institutions are required to develop measure to assess their effectiveness and prepare annual reports on specific PI's. This part also presents the following principles for using PI's: (1) the factor addressed and its relation to an appropriate goal must be clear; (2) a context should be provided for the PI; (3) diagnostic information should accompany the PI; (4) PI's are most useful when considered in groups; (5) while indicators are increasingly being used to determine institutional funding, the processes may not be sufficiently sophisticated or depoliticized to work; and (6) PI's will not lead to improvements if they are simply used for institutional ranking. The second part provides guidelines for institutional effectiveness assessments developed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, indicating that assessment is required with respect to general education; student knowledge of their disciplines or majors; performance of graduates on licensing and certification exams; program changes due to external program evaluations; alumni follow-up studies; remedial programs; achievement of transfer students; undergraduate retention and attrition; minority student and faculty access and equity; academic performance of student athletes; library usage; administrative and financial performance; facilities usage; public service; and research. Appendixes to this section include an assessment schedule from 1988-1992, goals for quality assessment, and the state legislation authorizing the assessment programs. (KP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Columbia.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina