ERIC Number: EJ981033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Strategic Responses to Accountability Demands: A Case Study of Three Community Colleges
Lattimore, John B.; D'Amico, Mark M.; Hancock, Dawson R.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v36 n12 p928-940 2012
As community colleges receive attention focused on their role in addressing postsecondary needs, they are subject to varying levels of accountability, which necessitates the development of strategic approaches to leading institutions. Burke (2005) recognizes three accountability perspectives that higher education institutions must consider: market, political, and academic. The strategic planning processes used at three North Carolina community colleges reflect a balanced approach to responding to the accountability requirements of all three perspectives. Using a qualitative multisite case study of the colleges, five themes emerge as implications for practice: (a) Involve stakeholders in strategic planning and implementation; (b) Create a student-centered culture; (c) Provide fiscal accountability with data-driven decision making; (d) Develop a balanced strategic approach to all accountability perspectives; and (e) Integrate regional accreditation principles into strategies. By applying the convergent practices of the three successful colleges, community colleges can create strategic plans to meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders, assert fiscal management, and encourage continuous improvement of programs and processes.
Descriptors: Accountability, Stakeholders, Decision Making, Community Colleges, Strategic Planning, Data, Case Studies, Higher Education, Colleges, Accreditation (Institutions), Outcomes of Education, Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina