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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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Volkwein, J. Fredericks – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
In this chapter, the author proposes a model for assessing institutional effectiveness. The Volkwein model for assessing institutional effectiveness consists of five parts that summarize the steps for assessing institutions, programs, faculty, and students. The first step in the model distinguishes the dual purposes of institutional effectiveness:…
Descriptors: Institutional Evaluation, Models, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Criteria
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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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Burke, Joseph C.; Minassians, Henrik P. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2002
Examines the coverage, content, and customers of higher education performance reports, along with their purposes, priorities, initiation methods, and emerging changes in their style and substance. (EV)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy
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Burke, Joseph C.; Minassians, Henrik P. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2002
The performance types, concerns, policy values, and models of excellence implied in higher education performance reporting indicators are identified, and the use of performance measures by two- and four-year campuses are compared. (EV)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy
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Burke, Joseph C.; Minassians, Henrik P. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2002
Summarizes results of an opinion survey of governors' aides, legislative chairs of education committees, higher education finance officers, and campus institutional researchers on the use, effects, and future of performance reporting. (EV)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Attitudes, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Indicators
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Burke, Joseph C.; Minassians, Henrik P. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2002
Provides state and campus policymakers' views on the importance and appropriateness of the most common indicators used in state and campus performance reports. (EV)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Attitudes, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Indicators
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Burke, Joseph C.; Minassians, Henrik P. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2002
Compares the results from the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education's state report cards and state performance reports, and notes that the states with performance reports received no better grades than those without them. (EV)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality
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Burke, Joseph C.; Minassians, Henrik P. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2002
Reviews the prospects, problems, and possibilities of performance reporting in higher education and discusses two fundamental flaws in performance reporting. (EV)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy
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Burke, Joseph C.; Minassians, Henrik P. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2002
Traces the rise of the "new accountability" in higher education and describes the policy responses of outcomes assessment, performance funding and budgeting, and performance reporting. (EV)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy
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Burke, Joseph C. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1998
Eight common objections to performance funding of public colleges are presented and answered. The arguments focus on the complexity of higher education's goals, diversity of institution type, subjectivity of educational quality, relative power of the allocation amounts linked to performance measures, politics of resource allocation, cost of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Costs, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Objectives
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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
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Patton, Carl V. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1978
An NSF study suggests that important qualitative changes in the faculty may be obtained through increased attention to mid-career change and early retirement programs. Interest in career options, early retirement alternatives, evaluation criteria, mid-career change alternatives, internship, fellowship programs, and retraining programs are…
Descriptors: Accountability, Career Change, Career Opportunities, College Faculty