ERIC Number: ED410987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-7
Reference Count: N/A
Performance Review of Accountability in the Community College System. Research Report 96-2.
Florida State House of Representatives, Tallahassee.
In 1991, the Florida State Legislature established an accountability process for the state's community college system to foster institutional self-examination and improvement. In 1995, the Legislature undertook a review of the process to determine the extent that it had been implemented, the usefulness of specific documents, and the level of involvement of boards of trustees. Accountability reports prepared by all 28 community colleges were reviewed, while a sample of 13 colleges were requested to provide: documents used in developing accountability measures, agenda and minutes from accountability-related board meetings, lists of individuals involved in accountability, and recent presidential evaluations. The study concluded: the process had been successfully implemented at both the institutional and system levels; when the board of trustees were intimately involved in the process of accountability, its implementation was not uniformly apparent; board members who had served for more than 4 years were unaware of most recent legislative mandates; and institutions that had undergone or were preparing for accreditation review had more comprehensive accountability reports than other colleges. Recommendations developed from the findings include requiring trustee orientations, limiting the length that presidential contracts remain in force between board renewals, and consolidating the accountability process and performance-based budgeting. Sections from the State Education Code relating to accountability and a summary of college responses are appended. Contains 10 references. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State House of Representatives, Tallahassee.