Despite conventional wisdom, Western Governors U. did not earn approval to award federal aid by directly assessing how much students learned. It ties student outcomes to the credit hour (though not to seat time).
Assessment and Accountability
Texas technical colleges want to link 45 percent of their operating budget to the employment success of graduates.
Decades ago, two colleges in Virginia decided all students would need to pass essay exam to graduate. Old Dominion just dropped the unusual requirement, while Hampden-Sydney has no intention of doing so.
Study documents how Gates and Lumina -- by collaborating with government, funding intermediaries, and investing heavily in messaging -- have reshaped the philanthropic role in higher education, for better and worse.
The Education Department plans to change widely disparaged federal definition of completion rate to include transfers and nontraditional students.
A plan for Indiana's colleges to expand their reach and double the state's woeful college attainment by 2025 has Republican support.
Largely unregulated for-profit vocational colleges, which can't receive federal student aid, collect 40 percent of military spouse tuition benefits.
Massachusetts is believed to be the first state system to mandate civic engagement measurement.
Colleges focusing on independence might be inadvertently harming first-generation students who favor collaboration, a new study contends.
Standardized tests are placing community college students who are ready for college into remedial classes, two studies find, making them less likely to earn degrees.