Assessing the Assessments

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U.S.-funded study finds that results on three measures of student learning outcomes are comparable to one another.

The Part-Time Impact

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Students not enrolled full time have less faculty interaction -- and so do full-timers at colleges with many part-timers, study finds.

Defining Accountability

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Policy makers urged to focus on incentives their rules create for colleges.

Redefining Access and Success

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24 public college systems develop new way of counting enrollments and completion rates -- which show they have long way to go to close achievement gaps for minority and needy students.

A For-Profit Accountability System?

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U. of Phoenix's annual report of academic data, though imperfect, show the university's strengths and weaknesses. Why aren't other career colleges disclosing similar information?

The Assessment Gap

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At accreditor's meeting, common refrain is that while everyone is assessing, far too many aren't doing much with results. Temple officials offer incremental strategy.

Boosting Math Standards

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Public college systems in Maryland, Kentucky and New York increase admissions requirements or placement thresholds for credit-bearing courses in mathematics, a subject in which many entering college students are ill prepared.

Scrutiny for an Accreditor

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Unhappy with regional agency's judgment in one university's case, inspector general urges Education Department to consider revoking its recognition.

True Costs of Student Success

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Report finds that many colleges judge retention programs based purely on outcomes, not cost, providing incomplete picture of their effectiveness; it offers method for doing both.

Freshmen Abandon Business

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Amid recession, incoming students find field of study less appealing than ever, according to national survey.


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