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Assessment of Student Learning Is Broken

And generative AI is the thing that broke it, Zach Justus and Nik Janos write.

A photo illustration including a photo of Kendrick Morales and a quote from the Academic Freedom Alliance saying "Notably, student grades in Professor Morales's classes were altered by the senior administration without notice or consultation with Professor Morales."

Professor Says Spelman Raised Students’ Grades, Fired Him

Former tenure-track faculty member says the college inflated students’ grades and axed him after he complained. Some say that violates academic freedom.

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Opinion

Our Transcripts Are Academic Rap Sheets—and We Can Do Better

Learning (not rigor) is what prepares students for life after graduation, and our teaching—and transcripts—should reflect that, Jane L. Lubischer writes.

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How Grading Veered 'Off the Mark'

A new book by two education professors explores why assessment became so fraught and what we can do to restore its original purpose: helping students learn.  

Philosophy Professor Uses Fake Online Answers to Catch Cheating

A professor says he caught 40 of his 96 online Introduction to Ethics students cheating by posting on Quizlet a...

‘Procrastination-Friendly’ Academe Needs More Deadlines

Some faculty members believe eliminating deadlines optimizes flexibility for students. But cognitive psychology research suggests that students fare better academically and personally under numerous short-term deadlines.
Opinion

Accreditors Are Sleeping on the Job

The accrediting agencies’ collective failure to hold low-performing colleges accountable against objective standards harms students and taxpayers, Jay Urwitz writes.

Should Class Participation Be Graded?

The pandemic laid bare course policies and practices that disadvantage some students. Now, some say that professors should cool it with awarding participation points.