Citing severe state budget woes, community college leaders are pessimistic about the feasibility of the push to graduate more students, survey finds.
Assessment and Accountability
In redesign of accreditation process, Western agency will publish reports on colleges and require institutions to define graduates' "levels of proficiency" -- but
proposals to compel peer comparisons face pushback.
This year's National Survey of Student Engagement broke down learning by major, and while some students are working more than others, they're not necessarily more prepared.
Report finds that use of standardized measure of student learning drove curricular innovations at consortium of private colleges -- but produced little (so far) in measurable improvement.
Two staffers at Oberlin, working off hours, created website promoting their alma mater. Every line features a word most colleges would never use in their marketing.
The leaders of two student surveys -- used by hundreds of colleges but questioned lately by some researchers -- defend their projects.
U. of Texas chancellor's plan to improve accountability and productivity receives praise from several directions, a rarity in the state these days.
Agency threatens to terminate approval of online for-profit college in California, citing its failure to reveal problems with certifying that students met degree requirements.
As U.S. panel brainstorms about big-picture changes to accreditation, ending agencies' role as gatekeepers and moving away from a regional system appear to gain favor.