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Report 94-19: The Performance of California Higher Education, 1994: The First Annual Report to California's Governor, Legislature, and Citizens in Response to Assembly Bill 1808 (Chapter 741, Statutes of 1991)

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

December 1994

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In this document, the Commission presents its first annual Higher Education Performance Report, which it developed cooperatively with the systems of postsecondary education, as called for in Assembly Bill 1808 (Chapter 741 of the Statutes of 1991).

The Commission and the systems believe that the performance of higher education can best be understood in the context of the resources available to higher education, such as the characteristics of entering students and the financial support available to institutions. As a result, this 1994 report includes 51 indicators in five areas: (1) California's Population -- the major demographic characteristics of California's residents; (2) Fiscal Support -- selected fiscal indicators that include State General Fund appropriations, student fees, and financial aid information; (3) Student Preparation for College -- data about students enrolled in the State's elementary and secondary schools and their academic preparation for college; (4) Student Access -- indicators about new students enrolling in public postsecondary education as first-time freshmen, new transfer students, and graduate students; and (5) Student Experiences and Outcomes -- major outcomes for public postsecondary education, including graduation and persistence rates for all undergraduates and for students with disabilities, as well as degrees awarded and composition of the faculty.

The authorizing legislation intends that these annual reports will provide information on "demonstrable improvements in student knowledge, capacities, and skills between entrance and graduation." Unfortunately, this first report does not contain that information. To supply those facts will require the cooperative development of consistent, reliable, and useful measures of these complex outcomes across all systems of higher education in California as well as additional funds for longitudinal analyses of student progress using a "unique student identifier" such as the social security number of each student. The Commission is committed to an iterative continuous process of developing these annual reports in an effort to more fully respond to the intent of the legislation in future years.

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting on December 12, 1994, on recommendation of its Educational Policy and Programs Committee.

Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis | Performance of Higher Education | State and Federal Legislation

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