ERIC Number: ED405049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Accountability in Community Colleges: Balancing the Perception with Reality.
Wellsfry, Norv; And Others
Developed to help ensure that the unique characteristics of community college occupational education are reflected in the current national movement toward institutional accountability, this monograph describes a model accountability system for community colleges. Following introductory materials, the focus of institutional effectiveness is reviewed, indicating that measures can examine factors before, during, or after students' educational experience. Next, the following five elements that should be included in any accountability mechanism are described: (1) the participation and access of target populations, including efforts to profile student demographics and levels of academic preparation; (2) student intent and goals; (3) outcomes assessment related to student goal attainment and placement data; (4) the satisfaction of students with their educational experience and of employers with student preparation; and (5) financial/productivity statistics, including cost benefit and economic impact analyses. Finally, the effective use of data collected in accountability processes is discussed, highlighting its use in program review, program development, and developing a community report card and describing the appropriate and inappropriate uses of data with legislative and regulatory bodies. Appendixes provide a model community college accountability report, examples of student follow-up questionnaires, and examples of employer follow-up questionnaires. (HAA)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Cost Effectiveness, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Utilization, Participant Satisfaction, Program Design, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
National Council for Occupational Education, 1161 Francisco Road, Columbus, OH 43220-2654 ($9.95 for members, $15.95 for non-members).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for Occupational Education, Columbus, OH.
Note: Prepared by the NCOE Accountability Task Force.