Could the Wrong Assessment Kill the Liberal Arts?

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Some critics say the Department of Education's push to test all colleges and universities with a standard set of learning outcomes is a bad idea for traditional academic studies.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Institutional researchers, champions of data-driven assessment, seek to balance interests of policy makers who often want facile, external measures -- and faculty who sometimes want none.

A Break From Purgatory, Barely

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Margaret Spellings gives partial relief to accreditor of liberal arts programs, allowing it to approve new colleges but extending its recognition for 3 (not 5) years, citing lingering concerns.

Awarding Degrees Without Permission

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How can a public university open a campus in another state and issue diplomas without the permission of its own board or accreditor?

Is There a Pharmacist in the House?

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In response to overwhelming demand for graduates, more institutions create pharmacy colleges.

Studying Transfer of Credit, Take 2

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U.S. government approves revised survey designed to identify barriers that inhibit community college students' ability to continue their educations at other colleges.

Can Higher Education Regulate Itself?

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Amid "pause" in federal push to toughen oversight of campuses and accreditors, academic leaders begin discussion of how to persuade public (and elected officials) that colleges can govern themselves.

Encouraging Colleges to Look Within

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In challenge to rankings business, new data from National Survey of Student Engagement show variation in educational quality is more prevalent within institutions than between them.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

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What happens when boards and presidents quickly fall out of love?

Fighting the Last War (and the Next One?)

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In unveiling agenda for negotiating rules to carry out the Higher Education Act renewal, Education Dept. prepares to renew key debates from contentious 2007 sessions.


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