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ERIC Number: ED539700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
Making Accountability Work: Community Colleges and Statewide Higher Education Accountability Systems
Erisman, Wendy; Gao, Lan
Institute for Higher Education Policy
The current national debate about higher education has focused heavily on varying interpretations of the U.S. higher education system's accountability structures. Much of that debate has emphasized undergraduate learning and the specific issues of student engagement and outcomes. But relatively little attention has been paid at either the state or federal level to questions about community college accountability systems, and specifically whether statewide accountability systems are helping or hurting efforts to improve performance by community colleges. This working paper evaluates the accountability systems in several key states in order to determine whether--and how--these state systems consider the unique situation of community colleges. The goal of the paper is to better understand the interconnections between the wholesale issues about accountability systems and the relatively more retail questions about whether these issues actually resonate in a meaningful way in the sector that educates the largest and most diverse number of students in American higher education. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy