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ERIC Number: ED555789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 142
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-0407-5
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Documenting the Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness at Community Colleges in Ohio
Zahler, Megan M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Widener University
The community college of today confronts decreased state funding, increased demand, and increased calls for accountability. In this highly competitive environment, community colleges are required to document the assessment of institutional effectiveness to satisfy state accountability systems and regional accreditation standards. The purpose of this study was to examine how individual community colleges in Ohio document the assessment of institutional effectiveness to respond to external stakeholders. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with senior academic administrators and institutional research professionals at five study sites, and from this collective case study design several themes emerged: (a) student completion was a commonly used key performance indicator, (b) developmental education was cited as a barrier to completion, (c) effective data collection was cited as a barrier to the documentation of key performance indicators, (d) participants supported the state performance funding program, (e) state accountability requirements are not misaligned with accreditation expectations, (f) on-going institutional assessment is beneficial to Ohio's community colleges, (g) senior academic administrators and institutional research professionals identify common tools to communicate the documentation of the assessment of institutional effectiveness, and (h) levy passage is used as a gauge of college communication efforts. The research has the potential to inform community college assessment practices. Furthermore, the research offered insight into how the community college sector documents and communicates outcomes related to its multipurpose mission in an increasingly competitive environment. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio