Assessment

New ranking system links colleges' and students' characteristics to graduate economic outcomes

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Brookings report rates several thousand two- and four-year colleges on graduates' economic outcomes, and by controlling for student traits, strives to measure the value the institutions themselves add.

Congressional watchdog questions whether accreditors’ sanctions correlate with student outcomes

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A Congressional watchdog asserts that accrediting agencies have not been more likely to sanction colleges with poor student outcomes than they are higher-performing institutions -- though report's own data are mixed on that question. 

One way to permit federal funding of new postsecondary institutions

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An accrediting official who has been caught in the crucible between encouraging experimentation and protecting aid funds proposes a way for new institutions to get access to federal aid, without "subterfuge."

Effort to define degree-level skills and knowledge makes slow, steady progress

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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.

Demand for degrees grows in many fields that haven't required them

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Many employers are seeking workers with B.A.s even for jobs that haven't historically required the degree. That may be good news for colleges -- but warning signs are on the horizon.

Gallup surveys graduates to gauge whether and why college is good for well-being

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Gallup rolls out the results of an attempt to measure what in college makes for a great life and a great job -- and finds small numbers of graduates hitting both marks.

Regional accreditors align their actions and the procedures they use to impose them

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In effort to ward off mounting criticism of accreditation, the seven regional agencies collaborate to align their punishments and how they impose them.

New America report takes aim at private college lobby on student unit record system

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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. 

Provosts, business leaders disagree on graduates' career readiness

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New surveys reveal big disparities in how business leaders and the public view higher education and graduates' work force readiness, with some surprising results.

California agency scrutinizes newfangled providers of tech training

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A California agency's threatening letters to a new cadre of technology training providers spotlight anew the tension between protecting consumers and encouraging innovation.

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