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Who’s Tying Money to College Performance, and How?

Over the past few years, performance-based funding has picked up momentum across the nation. Yet there’s little consensus on the best way to carry out the controversial strategy, which rewards or punishes colleges for their graduation or retention rates. A report released on Thursday by HCM Strategists, and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates … Continue reading

A Fool-proof Guide to Accreditation

Over the last decade I’ve helped hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States prepare for accreditation reviews. I recently summarized much of what I’ve learned through my work in a new book, Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability. Let me share with you some of the many … Continue reading

The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now

The Carnegie Unit has been around for more than a century, and unless someone can come up with a better way of tracking college credit, it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. It presents challenges, but it has value because it sets minimum instructional standards. That’s the conclusion of a report being released [last week] … Continue reading

Freshman Year Key to College Career

The classes a student takes in his or her freshman year have the power to make or break the rest of their college career. Yet fundamental courses like first-year composition are increasingly relegated to the instruction of adjunct instructors or are moved online. For the MLA, the topic of teaching first-year classes, particularly composition courses, … Continue reading

For City College of San Francisco, New Year a Matter of Survival

In the last two years, City College of San Francisco, one of the nation’s largest community colleges, has seen its student enrollment shrink by more than 20 percent, from more than 100,000 students to fewer than 80,000, according to college officials. Several top administrators have also departed, according to a board member. ­The California Federation … Continue reading

One State’s Shakeup in Remedial Education Brings a Slew of Headaches

Enrollments in remedial courses dropped by half at many of Florida’s community and state colleges this fall, but not everyone is cheering. Just as many poorly prepared students are showing up, but thanks to a new state law, many are jumping straight into college-credit classes. The optional-remediation law is forcing professors in college-level composition classes … Continue reading

In India, Revealing the Children Left Behind

Right now, all over rural India, this is happening: Two local volunteers with a few days’ training come into the village. They knock on randomly selected doors, asking to see all children ages 6 to 16 who live there. In the front yard of the house, they test the children one by one in reading … Continue reading