Faculty members should lead the process of redefining how colleges determine if students are ready for careers and life -- with the help of the Degree Qualifications Profile, Norm Jones and Harrison Kleiner argue.
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After seven years and half a billion dollars, the Gates Foundation announces its four priority areas for college completion policies and plans to release a data framework for measuring performance in higher education.
Three public college associations release draft discussion guide for how to measure student success after college.
The Education Department faced a big challenge in creating a ratings system, with a timeline that kept slipping as critics happily filled the void.
The Degree Qualifications Profile aimed to better define what a degree should mean. As its sponsors release a new version nearly four years later, the document has spurred discussions about learning at hundreds of colleges, but tangible impact has been limited.
LinkedIn gets into college rankings with an employment outcomes tool based on big samples and plenty of specifics about real people.
Proposals to judge colleges with federal scorecards and rating systems would replace accreditors' thorough reviews of quality with a simplistic checklist that will only address symptoms and encourage gaming, argue Belle Wheelan and Mark Elgart.
New data on the labor-market returns of short-term certificates show both the value and pitfalls of using earnings data as a yardstick in higher education.
A new group of 11 public research universities says it can set aside competition and prestige-chasing to work together to graduate more low-income students.
New effort aims to create voluntary standards and a seal of approval aimed at for-profit colleges, this time by an outside group that works with a wide swath of the corporate world.