Unusual Gathering of For-Profit Colleges

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Leaders of dozens of regionally accredited career colleges meet -- not to plot strategy, but to talk about educating students.

Dream On

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Critical evaluation of influential community college student completion initiative suggests that understanding barriers to success is not enough to solve them.

Is Completion the Right Goal?

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Policy experts debate the merits of current goal-driven higher education policy; some argue colleges should focus on attainment over completion and numbers instead of rates.

Assessing the Sublime

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Editors discuss new collection on measuring learning in disciplines with knowledge that is not easy to measure.

Reconciling with Rankings

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In wake of much-criticized ratings of doctoral programs, National Research Council convenes college officials to discuss how to move ahead.

The Faculty Take on Student Learning

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AFT urges professors to join "student success" discussions locally and nationally -- while trying to reframe debate.

Retrieving the Dream

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Stung by highly critical report, leaders of community college reform initiative start series of efforts aimed at responding to the criticisms.

Far From Standard

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New guidelines for teaching writing seek to build "habits of mind" instead of touting specific methods.

NSSE's Validity Questioned

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Ask many a college president about assessment of student learning at his or her institution, and the first thing you hear is “Nessie,” as the acronym of the National Survey of Student Engagement is pronounced. The increasingly popular survey is offered to students at hundreds of colleges -- asking students questions about their in-class and out-of-class experiences, interactions with faculty and peers, and much more. The theory behind NSSE is that such measures of engagement are crucial to student success.

Margaret Spellings, Where Are You?

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Meeting of North Central accreditor shows how much colleges are doing to measure student learning. But will all the assessment satisfy federal calls for accountability?


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