ERIC Number: ED374850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Accountability as Educational Reform in the Community Colleges: Policy and Implementation Issues.
Armstrong, William B.
Community college reform legislation in California mandates the development and implementation of a comprehensive accountability model. The reform model implemented during the 1991-92 academic year will provide the legislature and state officials with outcomes and process data in five areas of community college services: student access, student success, student satisfaction, staff composition, and fiscal condition. The overall intent of this reform is to improve teaching and learning at community colleges. Uses for accountability reform include public relations; inter-college and district comparisons; program review and evaluation; campus budgets; and monitoring local indicators. The literature suggests that currently designed reform measures may not reach these intended goals. To increase the likelihood of successful implementation, institutional assessment should be driven by teaching and learning goals, and indicators should include more than outcomes-only data. Outcomes indicators might best be composite indicators comprised of collegiate context, student characteristics, process, and environmental variables measured longitudinally. The proposed model for accountability uses indicators not as barometers of effectiveness, but indicative of the conditions that facilitate positive change. Contains 15 references. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California