Assessment

Nonprofit colleges signal potential support for more federal data on student outcomes

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.

Savannah State professors object to new, unwritten policy linking DFW grades to teaching effectiveness

Savannah State professors object to a new, unwritten policy judging their teaching effectiveness by how many D or F grades they give.

Clifford Adelman, longtime higher ed researcher, 1942-2018

A smart, opinionated researcher and interpreter of the higher ed enterprise dies at the age of 75.

University of Rhode Island improves student retention and overhauls gen ed

The University of Rhode Island managed to boost its student completion rates and change its gen-ed curriculum while recovering from the budget slashing of the recession.

University of Texas System releases new student outcome database

The University of Texas System releases a new breakdown of student earnings, an alternative -- produced with U.S. Census Bureau -- to a prohibited federal database.

Higher ed group seeks key role in alternative credential landscape

The American Council on Education has announced plans to evaluate skills learned in the workplace, putting a key higher ed organization in the middle of the alternative credentials landscape.

Elevating economic mobility on the agenda of higher education leaders

New coalition of colleges, researchers and higher ed groups aims to understand why and how some institutions excel at enrolling and graduating underprivileged students (and others don’t).

New federal higher ed outcome measures count part-time, adult students

A decade in the making, upgrade of the federal government’s main higher ed database enables tracking part-time and adult students and gauging graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients. Limits remain, though.

Education Dept. updates higher ed consumer tool, adds new comparison feature

The Department of Education rolls out updated information on its college transparency tool, including a new comparison feature.

AAC&U Releases Report on National, Large-Scale Look at Student Learning

First data, based on analysis of work at 92 colleges, finds much success in writing, some success in critical thinking and more limited success in quantitative skills.

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