Assessment and Accountability

Assessment and Accountability
Feb 16, 2015
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.

Booklets

The Quest for Critical Thinking is a free compilation of essays -- in print-on-demand format -- on how colleges seek to promote and measure critical thinking by their students.

This booklet is part of a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics.

On Tuesday, September 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will conduct a free webinar to talk about the issues raised in the booklet's articles. To register for the webinar, please click here.

This booklet was made possible in part through the advertising support of ETS.

Archive

May 20, 2013

ETS releases a new test to measure students' non-academic skills. Colleges want to use test for advising and finding remedial students with "grit."

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 23, 2013

Professors are right to doubt the motives of many of those pushing for precise measures of student learning, but that doesn't mean the ideas behind assessment aren't valid or that they are inconsistent with the liberal arts, writes Adam Kotsko.

April 19, 2013

The factory production model can work as a means for evaluating community college efficiency, write Clive Belfield and Davis Jenkins.

April 4, 2013

Curricular systems and materials that adapt to the learner are emerging slowly but surely as a potentially major force in higher education, Peter Stokes writes.

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.

March 12, 2013

Higher Learning Commission puts "public good" into regional accreditation while considering probation of the University of Phoenix. Will more for-profits stumble?

February 26, 2013

A professor's reflection on personalities prevalent in academe strikes a chord with scholars.

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