Assessment and Accountability

Assessment and Accountability
Jun 26, 2015
Critics say proposed changes to accreditation standards for general education dilute the competencies that give U.S.-trained students a competitive edge. Accreditor, meanwhile, says new standards will lead to easier assessment of outcomes and more innovation in teaching.

Surveys

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.

Booklets

"Extending the Credential" is a print-on-demand compilation of articles that explores such topics as competency-based education, internships, the role of co-curricular activities, and the evolving role of the transcript and of the degree.

The booklet is free and you may download a copy here.

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

On May 20, Editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman presented a webinar about the themes of the booklet. Click here to view the webinar.

This booklet was made possible in part by the financial support of Parchment.

Archive

January 26, 2010
It's time for all colleges to release an understandable report on how they measure learning, and accreditors should require such disclosure, writes Douglas C. Bennett.
January 18, 2010

With the system of higher education self-regulation under intense scrutiny, Judith Eaton envisions what its next iteration might look like.

December 18, 2009
Unhappy with regional agency's judgment in one university's case, inspector general urges Education Department to consider revoking its recognition.
December 8, 2009
U. of Phoenix's annual report of academic data, though imperfect, show the university's strengths and weaknesses. Why aren't other career colleges disclosing similar information?
November 24, 2009
The survey of student engagement has been widely embraced as an accountability tool. But it's flawed as a measure of campus learning, Mark Schneider writes, and even weaker when used for comparing colleges.
November 6, 2009
It's only a matter of time before the Obama administration, like its predecessor, focuses intently on higher education accountability. College leaders shouldn't wait, writes David C. Paris.
November 5, 2009
Gates Foundation funds efforts in seven cities to boost graduation rates by coordinating resources of K-12, higher ed and local government; data-sharing programs among those targeted.
October 26, 2009
10 years after launch of National Survey of Student Engagement, many worry that colleges have been speedier to embrace giving the questionnaire than using its results. And some experts want changes in what the survey measures.
October 19, 2009

As head of the Teagle Foundation for six years, Robert Connor didn't have anywhere near the money of the Lumina Foundation for Education or the visibility of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But that didn't stop him and the foundation from working tirelessly, through grants to colleges and many "convenings" of higher education officials, to encourage the "systematic assessment" of what students learn.

October 12, 2009
As community colleges begin national accountability project, Oregon experience shows that the numbers that lawmakers may want don’t always overlap with the ones educators need.

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