ERIC Number: ED466254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Performance Funding for Improvement in Washington Community Colleges.
Seppanen, Loretta; Yoshiwara, Jan
This is the 1997-99 performance funding report for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). The state legislature mandated that community and technical colleges must develop a biennial plan to achieve measurable and specific improvements in the following areas: (1) increasing the average earning wage of job-training students to $12 per hour; (2) increasing the proportion of students who transfer to four-year institutions to 67%; (3) increasing the proportion of students who complete core curricula to 85%; and (4) increasing the college graduation efficiency index to 95%. The graduation efficiency index compares the minimum number of credits required for a degree with the total number of credits accumulated by graduates. This document also reports on the SBCTC's development of task forces to create improvement plans for community colleges and districts. The task forces identified multiple indicators that colleges and districts could utilize to measure improvements. Workshops would also be conducted to train staff. Suggestions for improvement include: (1) helping students clarify and commit to programs early; (2) allowing students to be more involved in the learning process; (3) directing students toward more high-wage fields; and (4) connecting learning to real life situations. The report includes specific information on each strategy area, and a list of responsibilities for the state board and the community college districts. (MKF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, College Role, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Labor Force Development, Outcomes of Education, Program Implementation, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
Web site: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.