ERIC Number: ED474375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
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Accountability and Graduation Rates: Seeing the Forest and the Trees.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
One measure used in the name of quality assurance and institutional accountability in education is student graduate rate. In the context of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act it is important to remember that discussion of accountability and graduation rates should be rooted in existing state and federal roles. It is also important to remember that graduation rate measurement as a performance indicator is common to public colleges and universities and the states. The graduation rate is a significant performance indicator, but it is meaningful only when appropriately defined and considered in the context of other relevant data. Points to consider in the development of accountability mechanisms and graduation rate indicators are: (1) maintain appropriate stakeholder roles; (2) recognize the limitations of current graduation rate measures; (3) use graduation rate data in context; and (4) recognize existing mechanisms. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.