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

May 7, 2007

Research university group plans voluntary accountability system, but Spellings panel chairman knocks pace of reporting.

April 19, 2007

Education Dept. offers compromise on measuring learning outcomes, but colleges say plan would still "federalize" accreditation.

March 29, 2007

Here's why the work of a U.S. panel reviewing federal rules on accreditation matters.

February 23, 2007

Almost from the beginning of its work, the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education made it clear that it considered the American system of higher education accreditation to be falling short of its mission to be the chief guardian of quality among the nation’s colleges.

February 2, 2007

Governor links new funds for higher ed to required exit exams. He sees accountability. Others see Spellings Commission's dark side.

January 17, 2007

Blackboard's push brings one of higher ed's biggest companies into new field -- welcome news for some, worrisome for others.

December 6, 2006

Education Department panel blasts controversial accreditor of liberal education programs, restricting its authority for 6 months.

November 3, 2006

Listen to some critics of higher education, and you'll hear constant calls for more accountability and assessment.

August 8, 2006

While ETSs paper backs national measures of student outcomes, a discussion reveals differences with U.S. commission's approach.

August 1, 2006

By now, it is widely accepted that curricular efforts to "engage" students -- to involve them deeply in the process of learning and in the actual material they study -- pays off. But as the number and proportion of underrepresented minority students and academically underprepared students of all races in college grows, educators and policy makers have lacked hard evidence that "engagement" practices work for those students, too.

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