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Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness in the Community College

New Directions for Community Colleges Volume 153, ISSN 0194-3081


Heightened national goals for degree attainment in the United States means increasing prominence for community colleges, which entails greater scrutiny in the form of accountability. Technology and a new generation of accountability measures appropriate to the distinctive community college mission are available to meet this challenge. This article sketches emerging trends in the accountability dimension of institutional effectiveness for community colleges by reviewing the motives of the various players and their specific accountability interests in community colleges, describing the challenges that community colleges face in responding to these demands, and elaborating on some new directions that have emerged in accountability reporting over the past few years for community college systems and institutions. (Contains 2 notes.)


Ewell, P.T. (2011). Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness in the Community College. New Directions for Community Colleges, 153, 23-36. Retrieved July 6, 2020 from .

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