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Accountability

The Institute has worked with other organizations in the state toward developing and implementing an effective state accountability system for higher education. Specific efforts have included:

  • Conducting a major study for the California State Senate that recommends a framework for statewide accountability for higher education in California;

  • Leading an advisory group to develop specific principles, procedures, and performance indicators in support of statewide accountability aimed at meeting vital state public policy goals;

  • Reviewing and making recommendations regarding legislation to implement an accountability system;

  • Serving on an advisory group assisting the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) in its efforts to develop a proposal for statewide accountability for higher education in California;

  • Serving on an advisory group assisting the California Community Colleges Chancellorís Office in efforts to implement the systemís Strategic Plan;

  • Becoming involved in national discussions of accountability, including consulting work in Connecticut, Ohio, and Colorado, and working with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and the State Higher Education Executive Officer's (SHEEO) National Commission on Accountability.

Publications

Presentations

A Framework for Incorporating Public Trust Issues in States' Higher Education Accountability Plans, April 2005
This report explores the relationship between public trust and public accountability. It offers a framework for incorporating the concept of public trust into state accountability initiatives in higher education.

A Fundamentally New Approach to Accountability: Putting State Policy Issues First, October 2003
This report was prepared for the Forum on Public Policy of the Association for the Study of Higher Education

An Accountability Framework for California Higher Education: Informing Public Policy and Improving Outcomes, November 2002
This report responded to a request by the state Senate to begin developing an accountability system for higher education to measure progress toward definable state policy goals. The report formed the foundation for legislative efforts still underway to establish a state accountability system.

Principles for Effective Statewide Accountability Testimony to the California Legislature Joint Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education, March 22, 2010

Return to Golden: A Public Agenda for California Higher Education.
Presentation to the HACU-CLIC Joint Policy Summit, April 22, 2008

Testimony to the Senate Education Committee on accountability, January 31, 2007

Accountability in Higher Education: Where California Is (or Isn't)
Presentation to the Community College League of California, January 30, 2005

Accountability for State Policy Purposes: A Different Focus
Presentation to the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR), November 18, 2004

Testimony submitted to the National Commission on Accountability in Higher Education, May 2004

A Fundamentally New Approach to Accountability: Putting State Policy Issues First
Presentation to the Association for the Study of Higher Education, November 13, 2003

A Proposed Accountability Framework for California Higher Education
Presentation to Senator Dede Alpert's accountability symposium, November 4, 2003

Recommendations from Commissioned Report: "An Accountability Framework for California Higher Education: Informing Public Policy and Improving Outcomes"
Presentation to Senator Dede Alpert's accountability symposium, January 22, 2003