Assessment

AAC&U's moderate, strong voice on competency-based education and disruption

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Amid talk of higher education's possible disruption and unbundling, the Association of American Colleges & Universities stakes out an aggressive middle ground. Are people listening?

ACT drops popular Compass placement test, acknowledging its predictive limits

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ACT decides to drop its popular Compass placement test, with a nod toward research showing that Compass funnels too many community college students into remedial courses.

University of Maine System considering umbrella accreditation for its 7 campuses

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U of Maine System wants to end campus-by-campus accreditation. Would local needs and faculty voice be lost?

Political pressure builds for a new accreditation and aid pathway for upstart providers

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Senate Republicans echo the Obama administration by proposing alternative pathways to accreditation and, possibly, federal aid for noninstitutional providers like Udacity, General Assembly and edX.

Gov. Scott Walker mixes it up on higher education, generating national headlines

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Higher education will be a hot topic if Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin runs for president, with budget cuts, university mission statements and a candidate's degree completion to debate.

Carnegie Foundation says credit hour, although flawed, is too important to discard

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Carnegie Foundation releases its much-awaited report on the credit hour -- higher education's currency -- which disappoints some by not calling for different standard unit for learning.

Purdue's president and faculty clash over student learning assessment

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Purdue's politician turned president wants a nationally normed measure of what students learn -- and he's tired of waiting. Professors want meaningful assessment but aren't sold on standardized exams.

GED numbers down amid time of transition for high school equivalency exams

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Fewer people earned a GED last year, following the introduction of a new version of the exam. Should the lower numbers cause concern?

NSSE 2014 finds size, selectivity make little difference in student engagement

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New NSSE results question link between selectivity and student engagement, and suggest that colleges may need to focus more on student sleeping habits and academic advising.

Indian company's skills test for college graduates

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Interest in workplace-readiness tests grows, and some big U.S.-based companies make all applicants in India take an assessment from Aspiring Minds, an Indian firm. 

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