ERIC Number: ED416772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
The New Accountability: Policies To Improve Teaching and Learning.
This report describes activities and achievements of a project that examined state policies linking new accountability demands with improvements in college teaching and learning. Major activities included: (1) meetings and national forums to explore state and public concerns about the quality and results of undergraduate education; (2) two commissioned papers and 10 case studies on state policy initiatives supporting improvements in teaching and learning through the development of performance indicators; and (3) wide dissemination of the project's findings and continued involvement of the Education Commission of the States (ECS) in the development of performance indicators for higher education. The state-level case studies provide in-depth examinations of formulation, planning, implementation, and reviews of policies and practices related to the assessment of education effectiveness in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, New York-SUNY (State University of New York), South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. After a project overview, individual sections of the report describe the project's purposes, background and origins, activities, evaluation, and results. Attachments include a brochure about ECS, the case study letter and list of contacts, the interview format, and the seminar letter and roster of participants. Also attached is the project's major product, a sourcebook on state-level performance indicators titled "Charting Higher Education Accountability," (Sandra S. Ruppert, Ed.) which contains the full case studies plus two essays,"Effectiveness in Undergraduate Education: An Analysis of State Quality Indicators" (Richard C. Richardson, Jr.) and "Developing Statewide Performance Indicators for Higher Education: Policy Themes and Variations" (Peter T. Ewell). (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.