Assessment and Accountability

Assessment and Accountability
Sep 25, 2015
A new faculty-led system aims to answer the question by analyzing student work -- and without relying on standardized tests.


March 13, 2015 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2015 Survey of College and University Presidents explored the views of presidents on the financial sustainability of their institutions, the Obama administration's rating system, sexual assault, race and their role in the tenure process, among other topics.

The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup Education. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics.

On April 14, Inside Higher Ed Editors Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik will analyze the survey's findings and answered readers' questions about them in a free webinar. Register to attend the webinar here.

The Inside Higher Ed survey of presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Academic Partnerships, Jenzabar and Pearson.


"Data, Analytics and Student Learning" is Inside Higher Ed's latest print-on-demand compilation of articles.

The booklet features articles about trends, debates and strategies of a range of institutions.

This compilation is free and you may download a copy here.

And you may sign up here for a free webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern about the themes of the booklet.

The booklet's publication was made possible in part by the advertising support of Blackboard.


April 14, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO -- Four years ago, as a member of a panel convened by then-Education Secretary Margaret Spellings to negotiate new federal regulations on accreditation, Ralph A. Wolff was among several accreditors forced to respond to criticism that they must do more than simply require the colleges they accredit to measure whether their students are learning, as they had been doing for years.

April 12, 2011
Community colleges piloting Voluntary Framework of Accountability say they see value in project but complain of difficulty collecting data.
April 11, 2011

At Forum on Education Abroad conference, practitioners describe a wide array of tools and research projects under way to better gauge academic gains in overseas learning.

April 7, 2011

Ask many a college president about assessment of student learning at his or her institution, and the first thing you hear is “Nessie,” as the acronym of the National Survey of Student Engagement is pronounced. The increasingly popular survey is offered to students at hundreds of colleges -- asking students questions about their in-class and out-of-class experiences, interactions with faculty and peers, and much more. The theory behind NSSE is that such measures of engagement are crucial to student success.

April 4, 2011
AFT urges professors to join "student success" discussions locally and nationally -- while trying to reframe debate.
March 24, 2011
Sloan Consortium develops standardized metrics for assessing quality of online programs.
February 24, 2011
Editors discuss new collection on measuring learning in disciplines with knowledge that is not easy to measure.
February 14, 2011
Colleges need to harness their own research expertise to focus on how students advance or fail to do so, writes Diana Chapman Walsh.
February 7, 2011
As U.S. panel studying accreditation begins to set agenda, it is urged to focus on "prodding" over "fixing."
January 19, 2011
Voluntary accountability system for community colleges releases first draft set of standards for small group of two-year institutions to test.


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