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

March 20, 2014

A new paper by the American Council on Education says the Obama administration's ratings proposal is likely to lead to the same negative consequences as college rankings. 

March 20, 2014

We need a better national data system about college students, but it needs to be designed to put numbers in context and to avoid holding colleges accountable for things they can't control, writes Paul LeBlanc.

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.

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