Community colleges, Educational accountability
This report describes a study that was conducted to determine the perceived degree of usefulness the indicators of progress toward excellence have for the presidents of Florida's 28 community colleges. This study reports this degree of perceived usefulness by using a survey instrument that identified quality indicators developed by the State Board of Community Colleges, Florida Department of Education.
Based on a project design and format adapted by the Florida Community/Junior College Inter-Institutional Research Council, this study proposed to identify what information (indicators of progress toward excellence) is considered most valid to the presidents of Florida's community colleges in making quality-evaluation decisions about programs or services offered by their colleges. In addition, this study identified similarities and differences in the usefulness ratings of the indicators for the presidents by the program area in which they most closely associate themselves; by type of institution in which they serve and by other selected personal and institutional classifications. Chapter I includes an introduction to the study, its purposes, rationale, and scope. Chapter II reviews the literature in the area of quality indicators for education and the evaluation of educational quality. Chapter III contains a review of the problem, design of the study, development of the study questionnaire and outlines the design and methodology used in the study. Chapter IV contains the results of a survey of all 28 of Florida's community college presidents and presents these findings in sections dealing with respondents' characteristics, results for all respondents, results by quality indicator groups, and by selected institutional characteristics. Chapter V contains a summary of the study, its results, conclusions, and recommendations. Appendices include the classifications used in the data analysis, the questionnaire, detailed survey results, additional indicators with ratings, and survey follow-up responses.
Harrow, Thomas L.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
Administration and Supervision
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Barcus, George Cameron, "An assessment of Florida Community College Presidents' acceptance of quality indicators" (1987). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 5015.