With contributions from leading experts in the field, this comprehensive and timely book presents the principles and guidelines for effective accountability for states, colleges, and universities. <i>Achieving Accountability in Higher Education</i> clarifies the concept of accountability for both public and private colleges and universities and explores its reaches and limits.  The book examines the most recent developments, offers current models for each of the major approaches to accountability, and analyzes their shortcomings.
"It is an excellent resource for those who wish to further policy development toward better accountability in higher education." (Journal of College Student Development, March/April 2006)
?This volume brings together the insights of some of the country?s finest scholars on the very important subject of accountability in higher education. It will likely stand as a definitive source of the topic for years to come.?
--Graham Spanier, president, Pennsylvania State University
?Joe Burke helps advance the national discussion on higher education accountability by exploring its meaning, purpose, and potential. This volume is a must-read for business, civic, government, and education leaders who want to move higher education to the next level through consistent and effective performance measurement.?
--Charles B. Reed, chancellor, California State University, Long Beach
?At last. We now have the definitive exploration of accountability. Joe Burke brings very smart colleagues together to dissect this complex subject and offers his own sensible solutions to one of the most challenging conundrums facing higher education.?
--Tom Ingram, president, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
?This astute book illuminates the inherent tension between accountability and autonomy. As Burke points out, the tension is healthy, but the union is essential. Educators and policymakers should use this book?s insights to achieve the goals that both share.?
--Paul E. Lingenfelter, executive director, State Higher Education Executive Officers
?The issue of higher education?s accountability has never been more important. This book will be a valuable resource as we attempt to develop accountability systems to meet the challenges of today and, more importantly, those of tomorrow. It could not have come at a better time.?
--Thomas D. Layzell, president, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education