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ERIC Number: ED501471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Moving Forward: The Evolving Performance Assessment Framework. Commission Report 08-06
California Postsecondary Education Commission
In June 2006, the California Postsecondary Education Commission adopted an Accountability Framework for Higher Education, consisting of four goals and 17 measures for evaluating the performance of public higher education in California. The initial series of reports from the framework presented a variety of information on the affordability of postsecondary education, access to colleges and universities, and success and progress of students. In addition, the first year of reporting offered insight to how well the framework measured the performance of California's higher education system and what needs to be done to make it more useful. Key issues identified during the first year of reporting include: (1) Statewide goals must strike a balance between clearly defining the desired direction for higher education performance and being too prescriptive or narrowly stated; (2) Some goals may innately be in conflict with one another; (3) Performance indicators should be few in number; and (4) A successful framework and reporting is dependent on reliable and complete data sources. In order to create a clearer, more concise framework, the process has been revised to include four primary areas of assessment: (1) Preparation; (2) Student Success; (3) Affordability; and (4) Public Benefit. The revised framework offers greater simplicity while providing robustness in evaluation. After analysis in the coming months to determine best methods for assessment and formal adoption of the proposed measures, staff will begin the next round of performance assessment.
California Postsecondary Education Commission. 770 L Street Suite 1160, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-322-9268; Fax: 916-327-4417; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California