Ten years after the National Center for Academic Transformation began course redesigns, early adopters applaud learning outcomes but remain ambivalent about the cost reduction.
Assessment and Accountability
Another higher ed accountability system starts today, breaking new ground in examining program-level learning outcomes. Like others, it is constrained by concerns about disclosure and competition.
In a major new effort to assure rigor and relevance for college degrees at various levels, three states are today formally launching a project aimed at “tuning” academic programs in six fields of study.
A professor describes what accountability looks like on campus, and suggests that administrators or lawmakers be required -- when adopting requirements -- to estimate the hours needed.
To bury the debates about whether to measure student learning, higher education -- and the new education secretary -- should do the hard work of figuring out the higher skills that students should have, writes Merilee Griffin.
New center with backing from key education groups will compile data and case studies on evaluation of student learning. And new coalition plans to speak on higher ed's response to demands for accountability.
Reinforcing 2004 statement, liberal education group exhorts colleges to ramp up measurement of student learning -- but with emphasis on internal improvement rather than external accountability.
Latest engagement survey suggests a significant number of law school students are not adequately prepared for real-world legal writing.
Gallaudet U. tries to use annual student survey to measure the effectiveness of significant revisions in its undergraduate curriculum and institutional mission.