Accountability

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A Measure of Learning is Put to the Test

David Glenn - The Chronicle of Higher Learning, September 19, 2010

The Collegiate Learning Assessment test is gaining traction among many institutions as a better assessment of the sorts of skills and capacities that colleges really want students to walk away with…

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The Quality Question

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.

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The Delta Cost Project Report and True Reform

Richard Vedder - The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2010

Today’s issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains a provocative article by Richard Vedder in which he cites the compelling findings of the latest report from the Delta Cost Project.  In Vedder’s view, the conclusion must be that access, affordability and accountability – the new mantra of institutions – will not succeed unless they are accompanied by information, incentives and innovation.  This is precisely the formulation presented in our Wiki “Reimagining Higher Education, Post Recession.”  Check out both the article and our Wiki.

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The Delta Cost Project Report and True Reform

Richard Vedder - The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2010

Today’s issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains a provocative article by Richard Vedder in which he cites the compelling findings of the latest report from the Delta Cost Project.  In Vedder’s view, the conclusion must be that access, affordability and accountability – the new mantra of institutions – will not succeed unless they are accompanied by information, incentives and innovation.  This is precisely the formulation presented in our Wiki “Reimagining Higher Education, Post Recession.”  Check out both the article and our Wiki.

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Thirty Years of Academic Review and Approval by State Postsecondary

Robert J. Barak - State Higher Education Executive Officers, October 24, 2006

Program review and approval has been identified as one of the major responsibilities of statewide higher education coordinating and governing boards.  This White Paper analyzes the results of a thirty year study of state level program review and approval.

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What exactly do we want?

List specifics problems you face and what information would resolve the problem.


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Using Data to Drive Performance

Doug Lederman - Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2010

Inside Higher Ed reviews the Second National Symposium on Action Analytcs and discusses the innovative ideas presented there.

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Improving Accountability for Costs in Postsecondary Education

Jane V. Wellman, Delta Project - University of Louisiana System, Education Forum on Access to Success, March 27, 2008

This presentation discusses the findings of the Delta Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Productivity, and Accountability and how institutions can improve practices for a sustainable future.

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Accountability and Innovation in Higher Education

Ben Wildavsky, Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - Excerpt form the Kauffman Thoughtbook 2007

Wildavsky describes the need for real measurement of higher education outcomes, such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and other means.

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Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count

These materials give an overview of Achieving the dream, a national effort to help students at community colleges succeed, with an emphasis on minority and low-income students.