ERIC Number: ED410859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May-19
What Are Performance Indicators and Can They Be Used to Manage Colleges? A Comparative Study of Similar Colleges in the US and the UK. AIR 1997 Annual Forum Paper.
Bolt, John R.; Roberts, Keith J.
This study examined two similar technical community colleges: the Handsworth College in Birmingham (England) and the Milwaukee Area Technical College (Wisconsin). The study compared how the colleges use performance measurement indicators and how effective the indicators are in providing "value added" to their respective communities. Both schools are located in industrial areas of large cities which have a substantial number of non-English-speaking minority group members, and both schools have large numbers of students studying across a wide curriculum area. The indicators used in the United States were the Institutional Effectiveness Measures, developed for the Wisconsin's technical college system, and the Student Outcomes Measures specified by the North Central Association; Handsworth used the Further Education Funding Council indicators. The study noted that in both schools the principal use of the indicators was to support annual budget requests. The study found other measures of both schools, to be substantially similar; graduation rates were comparable and both colleges had close involvement with and added value to their local communities. The paper includes a description of the performance indicators uses; data tables and matrices support the text. (Contains 12 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Accountability, Accrediting Agencies, Attendance, Budgeting, College Administration, College Outcomes Assessment, Comparative Analysis, Competency Based Education, Educational Assessment, Foreign Countries, Graduation, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Outcomes of Education, Performance Factors, Politics of Education, School Community Relationship, School Holding Power, School Support, State Aid, Student Attrition, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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