ERIC Number: ED407040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Embracing the Tiger: The Effectiveness Debate and the Community College.
Roueche, John E.; And Others
Focusing on efforts at community colleges to demonstrate institutional effectiveness, this monograph presents findings from a survey of 147 colleges regarding accountability practices and showcases seven colleges with effective accountability programs. The first chapter, "Focusing on the Problem: Accountability and Effectiveness in the Community College" (John E. Roueche, Katherine Boswell, and Suanne D. Roueche), describes the pressures for institutional effectiveness and general strategies used to measure effectiveness. The second chapter, "Surveying Institutional Effectiveness in North American Community Colleges" (Laurence F. Johnson), reviews the methodology and results from the study, based on responses from 61.2% of the colleges. The next seven chapters present the following narratives detailing specific practices used by colleges to demonstrate effectiveness: "Seizing the Opportunity of Institutional Effectiveness" (James L. Hudgins and Starnell K. Williams); "Productivity and Effectiveness at the Community College of Denver" (Byron McClenney); "Effective Stewardship: Making the Case for Measuring Outcomes and Accountability" (Patrick J. McAtee); "Developing an Institutional Effectiveness Model: Continuous Quality Improvement at Work" (Walter Bumphus); "The Baltimore Phoenix" (James D. Tschechtelin); "Seeking Quality at Humber College Through a Process for Transformation" (Robert A. Gordon); and "A Shared Vision for Learning Outcome Improvement at Palomar College" (George R. Boggs). Finally, recent strategies for responding to demands for accountability are reviewed in "The Tiger's Tale: A New Story for Community Colleges," (John E. Roueche, Suanne D. Roueche, and Laurence F. Johnson). The survey instrument and cover letter are appended. (HAA)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Models, National Surveys, Program Descriptions, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Two Year Colleges
Community College Press, P.O. Box 311, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 ($25 for members, $32 for non-members).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.