Assessment and Accountability

Assessment and Accountability
Cover of Higher Education Accountability, by Robert Kelchen
Mar 02, 2018
Robert Kelchen, an emerging scholar and expert on higher education, discusses his new book on what the accountability push means for higher education.


March 10, 2017 -- Inside Higher Ed’s 2017 Survey of College and University Presidents was conducted in conjunction with Gallup.

A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

On March 28, Inside Higher Ed Editors Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik presented a free webinar on the results and take your questions. Click here to view the webinar.

The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Cengage, Helix Education, Intellus Learning, Jenzabar, Rowan University and Ruffalo Noel Levitz.


"Efficiency and Effectiveness in Higher Education" is Inside Higher Ed's new downloadable compilation of articles.

You can download the print-on-demand booklet, free, here.

And we invite you to sign up here for a free webcast on the booklet topic, on Thursday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Eastern.

This booklet was made possible in part by the advertising support of Laserfiche.


March 13, 2014

We must give students and families the right kind of information -- about multiple factors, and not blended into a single institutional rating -- about one of the most expensive purchases they will ever make, writes Carrie Warick.

March 11, 2014

A think tank report calls out the private college lobby for opposing a national database on students, which proponents say would bring much-needed accountability to higher education. 

February 28, 2014

Evergreen State College's lone graduation requirement is surprisingly simple -- and surprisingly complex.

February 19, 2014

The accreditation process needs to change, an expert writes in a new book, but accreditors are making more progress than their critics charge.

February 18, 2014

Our imperfect system of quality assurance is what gives American higher education a degree of independence from the government interference we see elsewhere in the world, writes Alexander Astin.

February 17, 2014

An accrediting agency just approved a free, online university with a largely volunteer faculty. Is accreditation really the squelcher of experimentation it is made out to be?

February 14, 2014

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is moving away from grades to competency-style education for all of its academic programs, with an announcement that both drew praise and raised questions.

February 12, 2014

Sarah Lawrence, faced with the pressure to assess student learning, bypasses the commonly used tools and invents its own approach. It's not nationally normed, and this college is proud of that.

February 7, 2014

Responses to Obama administration's request for comments on proposed rating system reveal schism between public and private colleges, confusion about goals of such a system, and skepticism about its viability.

February 6, 2014

A dearth of accurate data makes it impossible for students, families and policy makers to answer basic questions about higher education, write U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio. A student-level system would help provide answers.


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