ERIC Number: ED411605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Student Outcomes Information for Policy-Making. Final Report of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative Working Group on Student Outcomes from a Policy Perspective.
The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), with the support of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, was formed to develop ways to improve the utility of information for policy making at all levels and in all sectors of the postsecondary education enterprise. This report provides a model for examining, from a policy perspective, postsecondary education data priorities in the student outcomes area. The report first identifies a range of policy issues currently facing American higher education. NPEC's "Student Outcomes from a Policy Perspective" Working Group developed the list. A taxonomy of student educational outcomes is then presented, and a procedure for linking the outcomes and policy taxonomies is presented as a first step in identifying those outcomes with the greatest potential for informing policy making in postsecondary education. A set of criteria for selecting specific outcomes within each outcomes domain is then introduced, as is a process for applying those criteria. The report closes with a series of recommendations for future steps toward the development of useful outcomes information. Four tables and one figure are included. Appendices contains elaborations of the proposed taxonomies of policy issues and student outcomes, an elaboration of the criteria for evaluating an outcome's policy relevance, and issues for future consideration. (Contains 34 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Postsecondary Education Cooperative.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.