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The Public Law Research Institute at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, with whom the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) forged a partnership to research, analyze, and make sound recommendations regarding an accountability structure, provides an excellent opportunity for CPEC regarding federal and state statutes on higher education accountability. It examined which government entity was designated the task of implementing accountability, how detailed the goals are, the inclusion of performance measures, and the connection between funding and success in achieving goals. The objective of obtaining this examination of other states is to help determine patterns or anomalies, changes that have been made, inefficiencies that have been corrected, in order to present a route for success in the development of a California higher education accountability framework. The Institute report, "A Survey of Higher Education Accountability Statutes" (John H. Lee, Miriam Shapira, and David J. Jung) is included in this document. It focuses on four primary areas regarding accountability in various states. In examining "Statutory Data," the report breaks down the legislative language to designate a government agency with oversight responsibilities of accountability implementation. Another area of focus is "Statutory Goals," which details each state's accountability goals, if in fact goals have been set. The "Performance Goals and Measures" component goes beyond the statutory goals section by specifying the states have that specific measures tied to statewide goals. A fourth section, entitled Reporting Requirements, essentially breaks down which states are mandated to publicly release accountability findings and which are not.

Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Colleges, Accountability, State Legislation, Federal Legislation, Comparative Analysis, State Agencies, Program Effectiveness, Evaluation Methods, Governance, Educational Objectives, Agency Role

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