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.

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April 21, 2008

In many quarters within American higher education, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is viewed (unfairly, she and her supporters would argue) as an almost single-minded advocate for more, and more standardized, measurement of how well college students are educated. The position of Spellings's Education Department on testing has made her unpopular with many college leaders and faculty members in the United States.

January 31, 2008

Two higher education groups say academic leaders should take charge of effort to collect and publicly report outcomes -- largely shunning "comparability" pushed by politicians.

December 19, 2007

The federal panel that advises the U.S. education secretary on accreditation began its biannual meeting in Washington Tuesday, fighting perceptions that it has overstepped its bounds and hoping to ward off Congressional legislation that would reshape its membership and limit its authority.

December 14, 2007

As federal advisory panel prepares to review new crop of quality assurance agencies, a few signs suggest it may back down -- while others portend that U.S. pressure will intensify.

November 19, 2007

Regional agencies and college groups spar over Higher Education Act provision on learning outcomes. Does the rift open the door to increased federal role?

November 12, 2007

State universities unveil template and announce first participants in effort to inform and assure public and policy makers; University of California opts out.

November 7, 2007

A quarter of invited colleges -- including a few with below average results -- let USA Today publish their "student engagement" results in a national database. Where were the others?

September 26, 2007

On anniversary of Spellings Commission report, efforts to provide more information to prospective students proliferate.

June 26, 2007

State and private college groups unveil plans for public release of data on tuition, graduation and -- in some cases -- student learning.

June 21, 2007

Study calls Spellings Commission recommendation "misleading" because of wide differences in outcomes by academic discipline.

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