ERIC Number: EJ1125334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The Point of the Point: Washington's Student Achievement Initiative through the Looking Glass of a Community College
Li, Amy Y.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v41 n3 p183-202 2017
For 8 years Washington State has operated a performance funding policy, the Student Achievement Initiative (SAI). The policy allocates appropriations to the state's 34 community and technical colleges based on points earned through student achievement of college-readiness, retention, and completion milestones. Grounded in a conceptual framework of principal-agent theory, this study explored one community college case to examine knowledge of, perspectives on, and responses to the SAI. Through semi-structured interviews with seven faculty, administrators, and staff, combined with document analysis, five themes emerged: information transmission, initiating the initiative, the point of the point, consequences of imperfect data, and faculty skepticism. This study concludes with implications and recommendations for practice and policy.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Semi Structured Interviews, Content Analysis, Technical Institutes, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Case Studies, Two Year Colleges, Program Implementation, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Data Analysis, Two Year College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Washington
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