David Glenn - The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29, 2010
The Chronicle of Higher Education is launching a new special report and series of conversations called “The Measuring Stick” that address “The Quality Question.” Over the next few months articles will appear that explore the answers to two questions:
- How should quality in higher education be measured?
- Are higher education’s ostensible quality-control mechanisms functioning well?
This series aims to explore the different facets of these issues. To stimulate the conversation, The Chronicle has created a “Measuring Stick” section that includes a number of archived articles dealing with assessing quality: “Confusing Cachet with Quality: The Limitations of College Rankings”, by Robert Atwell, from 2008; “The Chimera of College Brands,” by Kevin Carey from June 6, 2010, “Measuring Up: The Right Report at the Right Time,” by Kevin Carey, December 5, 2008; and “Accreditors Face AClls from Colleagues to Improve Oversight,” by Paul Basken, June 2, 2008.