Assessment

In study abroad, a call for greater intentionality, and ambition

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At annual gathering of study abroad administrators, speakers describe a need for programs guided by more clearly defined learning outcomes.

Competency-based education continues spread

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Western Governors U. and others continue to expand competency-based education amid excitement (and confusion) about President Obama's praise of the approach.

Florida International University attempts to infuse global learning across the curriculum

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Florida International University has embarked on an ambitious effort to internationalize the curriculum and assess students' global learning.

A high school teacher alerts professors to the limitations of a generation of No Children Left Behind

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Professors rally behind a high school teacher who says No Child Left Behind has created a generation of test-takers unprepared for higher education.

Study raises questions about common tools to assess learning in college

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Study raises questions about reliability of popular assessment tools used to measure learning that takes place in college. And research finds that students might not be as "academically adrift" as much-discussed book suggested.

Colleges rely heavily on popular remedial placement tests

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Research backs reformers' criticism of remedial placement exams, but colleges rely heavily on them, a new study finds.

Graduate students and faculty at U. of Minnesota pilot new, ongoing program review process

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Seeking to supplement traditional forms of graduate program assessment, U. of Minnesota pilots an approach that asks key questions about students' needs and goals.

N.C. community college to issue grades, certificates for soft skills

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Community college in N.C. plans to evaluate "soft skills" and issue workplace readiness certificates for students who get passing marks.

Website recognizes military skills with digital badges

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New website creates digital badges for veterans, aiming to recognize military skills and training. Will it be the first badging experiment to catch on?

Carnegie Foundation considers a redesign for the credit hour

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The Carnegie Foundation, which created the credit hour, considers a redesign so the standard could better fit with emerging approaches to higher education.

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