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

June 27, 2012

At celebration of land-grant universities, Bill Gates and others tell campus leaders they must use financial aid and new technology to maintain the Morrill Act's emphasis on student access and agricultural education.

June 8, 2012

Competency-based education is all the rage, except that no college has yet to go all-in. Panel discusses why, with Education Department official promising that feds won't stand in the way.

June 8, 2012

Newton's First Law of Motion – that momentum matters -- has lessons for those who seek to improve student college completion, writes Vincent Tinto.

June 7, 2012

Higher ed group's panel calls for refining, not revamping, system of quality assurance, with emphasis on transparency and independence from the government.

June 6, 2012

Western Governors U. says it will pay McGraw-Hill for course content based on how well students do with it. Pearson is also using the model.

June 1, 2012

Leading banks and finance companies are screening candidates with a standardized test, which supporters say allows for a deeper hiring pool and the evaluation of practical skills.

May 18, 2012

Colleges have traditionally balked at tracking their performance. A study -- from within the academy -- says higher ed must define and measure educational productivity and offers a model for doing so.

May 11, 2012

An online collection of old tests walks a blurry line on copyright law and academic integrity. Some faculty members are concerned, while others say it can help students learn.

April 30, 2012

Despite conventional wisdom, Western Governors U. did not earn approval to award federal aid by directly assessing how much students learned. It ties student outcomes to the credit hour (though not to seat time).

April 20, 2012

Texas technical colleges want to link 45 percent of their operating budget to the employment success of graduates.

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