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ERIC Number: ED498226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education Accountability Plans
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
Washington state's public four-year universities and college have submitted their 2003-05 accountability plans to the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB). The state operating budget directs the Board to review these plans and set biennial performance targets for each institution. For 2003-05, the four-year institutions are reporting on a total of six measures: (1) Graduation efficiency for freshmen; (2) Graduation efficiency for transfer students; (3) Undergraduate retention; (4) Five-year freshmen graduation rate; (5) Faculty productivity (which may be measured differently by each institution); and (6) A unique measure for each institution that reflects its mission. Section I of this report describes efforts undertaken by the institutions in 2001-03. Section II presents accountability data, targets, and definitions. Section III provides comments on institutional performance and targets, and describes strategies the institutions have planned for 2003-05. The institutions have set some goals which seem modest or reduced compared to goals set in 2001-03, but these new targets represent a long-term increase when compared to performance in earlier years. All of the institutions are making efforts to meet the needs of students. It is difficult for an institution to attribute the cause of a single effort to a change in results; rather, all efforts combined seem to contribute to overall results. However, some spikes may reflect increasing selectivity in admissions more than any other factor: efforts to comply with recent legislation to reduce the number of students who graduate with excess credits are mentioned in several institutional plans, and may have a measurable effect on graduation efficiency and five-year graduation rates. (Contains 1 footnote and 6 tables.)
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