Assessment

Public university accountability system expands ways to report student learning

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.

California community colleges release completion scorecards

California's community colleges get graded with new completion scorecards. Experts say the data are among the best provided by a public college system.

In study abroad, a call for greater intentionality, and ambition

At annual gathering of study abroad administrators, speakers describe a need for programs guided by more clearly defined learning outcomes.

Competency-based education continues spread

Western Governors U. and others continue to expand competency-based education amid excitement (and confusion) about President Obama's praise of the approach.

Florida International University attempts to infuse global learning across the curriculum

Florida International University has embarked on an ambitious effort to internationalize the curriculum and assess students' global learning.

A high school teacher alerts professors to the limitations of a generation of No Children Left Behind

Professors rally behind a high school teacher who says No Child Left Behind has created a generation of test-takers unprepared for higher education.

Study raises questions about common tools to assess learning in college

Study raises questions about reliability of popular assessment tools used to measure learning that takes place in college. And research finds that students might not be as "academically adrift" as much-discussed book suggested.

Colleges rely heavily on popular remedial placement tests

Research backs reformers' criticism of remedial placement exams, but colleges rely heavily on them, a new study finds.

Graduate students and faculty at U. of Minnesota pilot new, ongoing program review process

Seeking to supplement traditional forms of graduate program assessment, U. of Minnesota pilots an approach that asks key questions about students' needs and goals.

N.C. community college to issue grades, certificates for soft skills

Community college in N.C. plans to evaluate "soft skills" and issue workplace readiness certificates for students who get passing marks.

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