Assessment

Half-Learned Lessons

Ten years after the National Center for Academic Transformation began course redesigns, early adopters applaud learning outcomes but remain ambivalent about the cost reduction.

Whose Metrics?

As community colleges begin national accountability project, Oregon experience shows that the numbers that lawmakers may want don’t always overlap with the ones educators need.

Back in the Oversight Business

After years of fighting, California creates new state bureau to monitor for-profit institutions; consumer advocates say agency has little authority and gives students false sense of security.

'How Do You Know?'

As head of the Teagle Foundation for six years, Robert Connor didn't have anywhere near the money of the Lumina Foundation for Education or the visibility of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But that didn't stop him and the foundation from working tirelessly, through grants to colleges and many "convenings" of higher education officials, to encourage the "systematic assessment" of what students learn.

Assessment vs. Action

Vast majority of colleges have systems in place to measure what undergraduates learn, survey finds. But using that information? That’s another story.

Turning Surveys Into Reforms

10 years after launch of National Survey of Student Engagement, many worry that colleges have been speedier to embrace giving the questionnaire than using its results. And some experts want changes in what the survey measures.

College Accountability, From the Left

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

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

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

The Part-Time Impact

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

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