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Volkwein, J. Fredericks – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
A diverse society has created a diverse education system, which in turn requires diverse and complex mechanisms of quality control. The diversity and complexity of the industrial, service, and knowledge-based economy, with its vast variety of occupations and dynamic labor markets, heavily influences the curricular structures and academic profiles…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Needs, Quality Control, Accountability
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Yin, Alexander C.; Volkwein, J. Fredericks – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
In both purpose and practice, general education in American higher education has experienced several recurring debates and national revivals. In a world with constantly evolving technology, students need a strong general education to be flexible and adaptable to the changes of the world. General education is an important component and requirement…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, General Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Definitions
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Reyes, Pedro; Rincon, Roberta – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
In Texas, the accountability movement was initiated by Governor Rick Perry, who issued an executive order in 2004 requiring all public institutions of higher education to work with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create a comprehensive system of accountability. Its purpose was one of public accountability: to the citizens of…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Higher Education, Accountability, Stakeholders
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Witmer, David R. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1975
Contends that the application of principles and analytical techniques of economics shows higher education to be generally more productive than other private and public enterprises. Suggests how institutions that exploit productive opportunities, which increase the value of student-embodied abilities to create and produce, will survive and prosper.…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Benefits
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Hoey, J. Joseph, IV – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1995
A study of program review at 156 community colleges shows that it is widely used for accountability and program improvement; that substantial use is made of results; and that key leadership support, organizational communication, a clear understanding of purposes, and frequent action on program review recommendations at all organizational levels…
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Attitudes, College Administration, Community Colleges
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Bogue, E. Grady – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1998
Discussion of quality assurance in colleges and universities looks at theories and definitions of quality; four approaches to quality (traditional peer review, the assessment-and-outcomes movement, the Total Quality Management movement, and accountability and performance indicator reporting); the moral and ethical dimensions of quality; and ideals…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, College Environment, College Outcomes Assessment
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Maassen, Peter A. M. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1998
The Dutch quality improvement model in higher education has successfully maintained the delicate balance between internal improvement and external accountability, but the faculty's clear ownership of the system (as contrasted with government ownership in some nations) has made continuous quality improvement a dominant feature of the current Dutch…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, College Faculty, College Outcomes Assessment
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Keller, George – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1993
Four developments have made strategic planning and information-based management necessary in higher education: changing external conditions; demands for accountability; deteriorating financial strength; and need for changes in leadership roles. Although institutional situations and needs vary, what is most important is to learn to manage with…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, Competition, Computer Oriented Programs
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Banta, Trudy W.; Borden, Victor M. H. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1994
Five criteria for judging college or university performance indicators (PIs) used to guide strategic decision making are outlined. The criteria address: purpose; alignment of PIs throughout the organization or system; alignment of PIs across inputs, processes, and outcomes; capacity to accommodate a variety of evaluation methods; and utility in…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, College Planning, Decision Making