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ERIC Number: EJ897796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1068-610X
Improving Institutional Effectiveness: The Relationship between Assessing Student Learning Outcomes and Strategic Planning in California Community Colleges
Gallagher, Mary
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v15 n2 p101-108 Spr 2008
Community colleges in California are grappling with developing and assessing student learning outcomes (SLOs), as the accrediting agency is holding them accountable for providing evidence of student learning as one measure of institutional effectiveness. One means of demonstrating accountability is to use strategic planning to direct the continuous improvement of SLOs through assessment and evaluation. A survey of 108 California community college chief instructional officers (CIOs) examined the relationship between strategic planning and assessing student learning. The response rate was 63 percent. These CIOs did not report a direct connection between strategic planning and assessing student learning as a means to fulfill institutional goals and improve institutional effectiveness. However, follow-up interviews with 12 of the 68 CIOs who responded to the survey indicated the existence of this relationship. Results from this article demonstrate the need for both quantitative and qualitative measures of the same issue to allow for multiple perspectives to arise. (Contains 1 figure and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California