ERIC Number: ED384396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Using Institutional Effectiveness as a Change Agent To Promote Visionary Leadership.
The growing emphasis on student outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness at colleges and universities can act as a change agent for renewal. Institutional effectiveness addresses the major questions encountered in establishing a vision, questions regarding the institution's beneficiaries and their needs. Moreover, these efforts involve setting goals and affirming values. For example, at Yavapai College, in Arizona, administrators, faculty, and staff were all involved in generating ideas for the vision of what the college should become and a staff development day was held to enable employees to review their values and beliefs and affirm institutional values. The purposes and expectations of institutional effectiveness must be communicated to the college community, the larger community, and government, and it is essential that an institutional commitment at the governing board and executive administrative level be made to achieving goals. Institutional effectiveness involves constructing and applying an evaluation system and using the results for improvement. Student outcomes information represents both a powerful managerial resource for institutional self-improvement and a powerful collective resource for restoring higher education to its former priority in the public mind. Finally, institutional effectiveness is a continuous renewal process. The very purpose of the institutional vision is to provide the bedrock upon which constant evolutionary change can take place. (Contains 19 references.) (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yavapai Coll., Prescott, AZ.