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ERIC Number: ED460694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-6
Pages: 17
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Hold That Tiger: Placement, Assessment Strategies, and Student Learning.
Parsons, Michael H.
This paper portrays community colleges as American institutions facing a critical need for self-assessment, especially as the new millennium approaches and effects an ever-increasing reliance on technology and information. Focusing on organizational sustainability, a generative method for change is described that emphasizes processes, team learning, and strategic choice. An essential part of integrating change into higher education is to challenge the traditional assumptions of college missions as well as the established perspectives regarding the assessment of organizational quality and effectiveness. Accountability, effectiveness, and assessment are key terms related to educational change, prompting the (1) establishment of an expanded statement of institutional purpose; (2) identification of intended educational, research, service, and administrative objectives and outcomes; (3) assessment of the extent to which the intended objectives and outcomes are being accomplished; and (4) adjustment of institutional mission, objectives, and outcomes based on the assessment findings. Included is a case study of Hagerstown Community College (Maryland), a list of statistical outcomes, and a conclusion with new responses toward accountability. (15 references) (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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