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ERIC Number: ED498212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2003-04 Accountability Report
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
The Washington state operating budget requires the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) to set biennial performance targets for each public baccalaureate institution and to review each institution's performance annually thereafter. This report compares 2003-04 academic year performance against those targets, as well as against baseline data from 1996-99 and midpoint data from 1998-01. Each institution is required to report on a total of six measures: (1) Graduation Efficiency (Freshmen); (2) Graduation Efficiency (Transfers); (3) Undergraduate Retention; (4) Five-Year Freshman Graduation Rate; (5) Faculty Productivity (which can be measured differently by each institution); and (6) A unique measure for each institution, reflective of its mission. Key findings include: (1) Central Washington University and Western Washington University met or exceeded their 2003-05 targets for every measure, and have improved on every measure over time; (2) Eastern Washington University has not met its 2003-05 targets; however, there is still one year left in the biennium, during which its performance could improve (Eastern has improved its performance on graduation efficiency for freshmen and the five-year graduation rate since 1998-2001); (3) The Evergreen State College has improved performance and met 2003-05 targets for overall undergraduate retention and the five-year graduation rate; (4) The University of Washington has set its targets the highest of all the institutions and has met its five-year graduation rate target of 65 percent (UW has not yet achieved its targets for the rest of the common measures, but has increased performance for undergraduate retention); (5) Washington State University has improved its performance on all the common measures but has yet to reach its targets for all of the measures except the five-year graduation rate; (6) All of the institutions have increased their five-year graduation rates over time; (7) All but one of the institutions has increased its undergraduate retention rate over time; and (8) Graduation efficiency for freshmen has improved for four of the six baccalaureate institutions, while graduation efficiency for transfer students remains a challenge, with only three of the baccalaureate institutions showing improved performance since 1998-2001.
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430. Tel: 360-753-7800; Fax: 360-753-7808; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington