National Accountability Systems

National Accountability Systems
Jun 08, 2018
Lobbying group for independent colleges says it's open to expanding federal data collection on student outcomes but remains opposed to student-level database favored by public colleges and many policy makers.

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March 20, 2014

A new paper by the American Council on Education says the Obama administration's ratings proposal is likely to lead to the same negative consequences as college rankings. 

March 20, 2014

We need a better national data system about college students, but it needs to be designed to put numbers in context and to avoid holding colleges accountable for things they can't control, writes Paul LeBlanc.

March 13, 2014

We must give students and families the right kind of information -- about multiple factors, and not blended into a single institutional rating -- about one of the most expensive purchases they will ever make, writes Carrie Warick.

March 11, 2014

A think tank report calls out the private college lobby for opposing a national database on students, which proponents say would bring much-needed accountability to higher education. 

September 3, 2013

Ben Miller explains how the White House can lead the way in designing a meaningful college rating system.

May 13, 2013

Bill introduced Thursday would create a federal database to track students through college and into the work force, but it's unclear whether "unit record" idea will find more favor than it did seven years ago.

May 6, 2013

Reboot of Voluntary System of Accountability aims to give institutions more flexibility in reporting student learning -- but new options (including non-standardized one) may not have expanded enough to win many converts.

April 3, 2013

U.S. accrediting agencies believe they have a role to play in facilitating mobility and improving the quality of overseas institutions, but will they find it difficult to uphold the integrity of their standards abroad?

March 21, 2013

Gainful employment takes another hit in court, jeopardizing a possible appeal and raising questions about federal collection of data on higher education.

November 15, 2012

Major data release from the National Student Clearinghouse gives the fullest, most reliable view of college graduation rates so far, and the numbers aren't so terrible.

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