ERIC Number: ED392504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-25
Reference Count: N/A
Challenges in Implementing Core Indicators of Effectiveness for Colorado's Community Colleges.
Voorhees, Richard A.; Cheng, Xing
In response to calls for increased accountability in educational institutions, the American Association of Community Colleges developed the following 13 core indicators of institutional effectiveness: student goal attainment, fall to fall persistence rates; degree completion rates; placement rates in the work force; employer assessments of students; number and rate of transfers; performance after transfer; basic skills students' success in subsequent coursework; demonstration of critical literacy and citizenship skills; client assessment of programs; responsiveness to community needs; and service area participation. The Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System has identified several challenges for implementing these indicators in the state, including the following: (1) developing an instrument for determining student goals at entry; (2) establishing a longitudinal database to track student outcomes; (3) tabulating state employment information; (4) developing mechanisms to survey employers and maximize response rates; (5) assessing student transfer intentions at matriculation or later at the campus level; (6) addressing literacy and citizenship as an outcome; (7) developing data sources to address client satisfaction and determine opinions about programs and services; (8) conducting community needs assessment, focus groups, and surveys to determine responsiveness to community needs; and (9) addressing participation rates in the service area through attendance records and community impact surveys. (TGI)
Descriptors: Accountability, Articulation (Education), College Outcomes Assessment, College Planning, Community Colleges, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Statewide Planning, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver. Dept. of Research and Planning.