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The Role of Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education Doctoral Programs: A Presidential Perspective
International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation (2012)
  • Sydney Freeman, Jr., Tuskegee University
  • Frances K. Kochan, Auburn University Main Campus

The accountability movement in higher education is gaining momentum in the United States

and around the world. In recent years, there has been growing pressure on higher education

institutions to demonstrate their value through various accountability measures, with a strong focus upon

the assessment of student progress and success. In the U.S., this pressure has come from

state and federal government , accrediting agencies, parents, and the general public. Additionally, the

changing environment within the teaching and learning process is impacting the manner in which students

will be assessed and the purposes of this assessment . Thus, there is a growing recognition that higher education leaders will need to be prepared

to address this and other complex issues that will inevitably affect higher education institutions . This makes the role of the president in

this process more vital and important as administrators must be the ones to provide funding and other types

of support.

This study sought to gain an understanding of the role that higher education doctoral programs play in

developing leaders that are able to address the issues of student assessment and institutional accountability.

It examined this issue from the perspective of university presidents of institutions in the United States.

  • Assessment,
  • Presidency,
  • Higher Education as a field of Study
Publication Date
Summer June, 2012
Publisher Statement
This manuscript has been peer-reviewed, accepted, and is endorsed by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration as a significant contribution to the scholarship and practice of education administration. In addition to publication in the International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation,1 Volume 7, Number 2 (Summer 2012), ISSN 2155- 9635, this manuscript exists in the Connexions Content Commons as an Open Education Resource (OER). Formatted and edited by Theodore Creighton, Virginia Tech; Brad Bizzell, Radford University; and Janet Tareilo, Stephen F. Austin State University. The assignment of topic editor and double-blind reviews are managed by Editor, Linda Lemasters, George Washington University. The IJELP is indexed in the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the United States Department of Education.
Citation Information
Sydney Freeman and Frances K. Kochan. "The Role of Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education Doctoral Programs: A Presidential Perspective" International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation Vol. 7 Iss. 2 (2012)
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