ERIC Number: ED413938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Florida Community College Accountability Plan: An Analysis of Institutional Characteristics and Success at Meeting State Defined Performance Measures.
Windham, Patricia W.; Hackett, E. Raymond
In response to the increasing use of state-based performance indicators for postsecondary education, a study was undertaken to review the reliability and validity of state-level indicators in the Florida Community College System (FCCS). Data were collected from literature reviews and the 1996 FCCS Accountability Report, detailing outcomes for 17 accountability measures for the 1993-94, 1994-95, and 1995-96 academic years. Information was also gathered on institution size, program mix, and expenditures for the 28 colleges in the System. In the first phase of the study, the progress made by the colleges on the 17 accountability measures was determined, indicating that progress was shown on only 8 of the measures, including 6 related to retention and success and 2 related to academic performance. In the second phase, the relationship between the measures and institutional characteristics was explored. This analysis revealed that, for associate in arts (AA) programs, higher faculty salaries, a higher percentage of total expenditures spent on instruction, and a higher full-time equivalency (FTE) count were related to higher retention and success. For associate in science (AS) programs, only higher overall FTE and a higher percent of postsecondary vocational FTE students were related to higher retention and success. Thirty-eight sets of tables showing FCCS outcomes for AA and AS programs and a list of variables used in the study are attached. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.