ERIC Number: ED393384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
South Carolina Higher Education Assessment (SCHEA) Network Recommendations for Defining and Assessing Institutional Effectiveness.
South Carolina Higher Education Assessment Network, Rock Hill.
This monograph provides definitions, guidelines, and recommended practices for assessing and improving institutions of higher education in South Carolina which are congruent with the accreditation standards and criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The first section defines key terms and states that overall institutional effectiveness reflects the quality, productivity, and efficiency of programs of instruction, scholarship, and service, as defined and prioritized in an institution's mission. The next section identifies 10 steps in assessing institutional effectiveness including: (1) defining program goals; (2) defining program objectives; (3) prioritizing objectives; (4) describing program strategies; (5) selecting assessment methods; (6) designing an assessment plan; (7) implementing the plan and measuring progress; (8) analyzing and evaluating results; (9) using results to identify program strengths and weaknesses; and (10) using evaluation information to improve programs and allocate resources. The following section offers recommended options for assessing academic programs and non-academic and administrative programs. The final section considers indicators of institutional effectiveness and lists potential quality indicators goruped into indicators of quality outcomes, quality processes, quality inputs, productivity/efficiency outcomes, process productivity/efficiency, and input productivity/efficiency . (DB)
Descriptors: Accrediting Agencies, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Efficiency, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Mission, Productivity, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Quality Control, Standards, Strategic Planning
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Higher Education Assessment Network, Rock Hill.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina