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ERIC Number: EJ919034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
Putting the Focus on Performance
Schaffhauser, Dian
Campus Technology, v24 n7 p26-28, 30-32 Mar 2011
From the excesses of Wall Street to the whole mortgage mess, the issue of accountability has become part of a heated national conversation. It is a debate to which higher education is certainly no stranger. But now, with tuition rates at private and public schools rising precipitously--and state budgets shriveling--the cries for increased accountability are growing louder. To add fuel to the fire, several recent media reports have questioned the very value of a college education in light of the bleak job prospects for new graduates. How do schools prove their worth--and constantly improve? How do they answer the questions: What are they doing, why are they doing it, and how are they doing? One thing is clear: The task of assessing a school's performance can no longer be carried out just within the walls of the office of institutional research. The foundation for student success is laid in departments--academic and even non-academic--scattered across campus. In the drive to improve student performance, many believe, each of these areas must be held accountable. This article describes how two universities institute comprehensive, data-driven systems to assess their departments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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