ERIC Number: ED375789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Charting Higher Education Accountability: A Sourcebook on State-Level Performance Indicators.
Ruppert, Sandra S., Ed.
To gain a better understanding of how performance indicators can contribute to state policy and improve higher education accountability, this project traced the experiences of 10 states that have instituted various types of accountability programs based on performance indicators. Case studies and accompanying analytical essays describe and evaluate current policy and practice across the 10 states. The states include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The first essay, "Pointing the Way: Indicators as Policy Tools in Higher Education" (Peter T. Ewell and Dennis P. Jones), defines performance indicators, explains the reasons why states are interested in them, and offers insights into the rationale behind them."Effectiveness in Undergraduate Education: An Analysis of State Quality Indicators" (Richard C. Richardson, Jr.) employs two classification models of performance indicator development: an input/output/outcome model and a quality definition model. "Developing Statewide Performance Indicators for Higher Education: Policy Themes and Variations" (Peter T. Ewell) emphasizes that indicators must be seen as a tool to shape the future, not a collection of statistics to report the past. The report is intended to contribute to the debates currently engaging public officials and institutions of higher education over the issue of reporting performance. (Two essays contain references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Case Studies, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Measurement Techniques, Models, Standards, State Government
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.