Assessment

College Accountability, From the Left

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Center for American Progress, which has Obama's ear, proposes data-driven consumer protection office to safeguard students' interest in higher education.

Collaboration on College Completion

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Gates Foundation funds efforts in seven cities to boost graduation rates by coordinating resources of K-12, higher ed and local government; data-sharing programs among those targeted.

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.

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