ERIC Number: ED480356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Hitting the Target: Target Setting and Information Systems for the Learning and Skills Sector.
Owen, Jane; Alterman, Jeff
The use of target setting in conjunction with good information systems in colleges and work-based learning (WBL) providers can lead to improved service provisions across the sector in the United Kingdom. Target setting must be carried out in a systematic way in which providers must develop target- setting processes with a focus on learner success; self- assessment and development planning; effective processes for setting retention and achievement targets; identifying and developing other targets; the timeliness and accuracy of underpinning data; and the information needs of course managers. Target setting health checks, which have led to considerable improvements in the way that organizations use target setting, are provided for both colleges and WBL providers. Information systems facilitate target setting, and a culture of openness in which the aim of an organization is to have organization information (OI) rather than management information (MI) is a key precondition for an effective information system. Recommendations for effective OI are as follows: OI needs support from the top; the senior manager is key; MI must be OI; OI is a service for all staff; good OI depends on an open information policy; everyone is responsible for data accuracy; and the more data are used, the more accurate they will be. (MO)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Benchmarking, College Faculty, Data Collection, Educational Indicators, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Goal Setting, Higher Education, Information Management, Information Needs, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Organizational Climate, Organizational Culture, Quality Control
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom (Ref. No. 1385, free). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/pubs/dbaseout/download.asp?code=1385.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Learning and Skills Council, Coventry (England).
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)