As Measuring Up 2008 prepares to grade higher education progress on a variety of fronts, most states' efforts to gauge academic outcomes have stalled, writes Peter Ewell.
Assessment and Accountability
In challenge to rankings business, new data from National Survey of Student Engagement show variation in educational quality is more prevalent within institutions than between them.
Many say U.S. graduation rate formula is hopelessly flawed. U. of Alaska at Anchorage creates its own method -- and invites others to follow.
As deans, professors and association leaders meet to advance and assess liberal education, they reach tentative accord on a national, coordinated strategy.
Long criticized for providing too little information about their prices and performance, college groups are now pouring (often overlapping) information onto the Internet.
Prodded by new president, university system -- which has shunned national assessment effort -- prepares to adopt broad public data reporting.
One university's boast about its CLA test scores suggests that student learning outcomes might be the next battleground on which colleges compete.
Professors and administrators from dozens of independent colleges gather to share advice -- and their concerns -- about using the Collegiate Learning Assessment effectively.
Education secretary's final higher ed summit finds general consensus on problems, but less on how to fix them -- and who should take charge.