Tagged with accountability

Accrediting Agencies Demand More from Community Colleges

Time was when the country’s seven higher education accrediting bodies were little more than good ol’ boy networks in bowties, horn-rimmed glasses and sensible heels. The gatherings of brethren would periodically visit campuses for a few days, renew acquaintances, take an inventory of books on library shelves, _calculate how many professors had doctoral degrees, make … Continue reading

Community-College Accountability Measure Still Holds Policy-Making Potential

A tool being developed “by community colleges, for community colleges” to measure their effectiveness is still not ready, but its proponents hope wider adoption through its testing phase will give it influence in policy making. The sector decries existing metrics, particularly the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, known as Ipeds, for making community colleges … Continue reading

3 Tests of Student Skills Show Consistency, Study Finds

The three tests used by institutions participating in the Voluntary System of Accountability are compatible in determining students’ skills in critical thinking and writing, according to the results of a study released today. The accountability system is used by more than 300 public colleges — all members of either the American Association of State Colleges and Universities or the … Continue reading

Study Finds Bad Schools Rarely Get Better—or Shut Down

The lowest-performing public K-8 schools often linger in that state for years, neither improving enough to get off accountability life support nor being shuttered completely, and persistently failing charter schools fare no better than regular public schools, a new study finds. Of 2,025 chronically low-performing elementary and middle schools identified in 10 states in 2003-04, … Continue reading

States Seek Ways to Take Measure of College Degrees

Wouldn’t it be nice if a student transferred with the system and courses were all uniform anywhere he/she went? Indeed, statewide and national debates about higher education often focus on who gets into college and who gets out but not as much about what happens in between. Lumina is pursuing the question of what a … Continue reading

Moving Forward With the Common Core

If there remains any doubt about the momentum of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, let it be abandoned once and for all. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia, which collectively educate three-fourths of all school-age children in this country, have pledged to adopt the core. Intellectual gatekeepers have given the standards a resounding … Continue reading

The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems

A new report released by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), which examined 59 data systems in 44 states and the District of Columbia, has found that not all postsecondary data systems are alike. Data systems are not comprehensive, and not all share the same data elements. Even more alarming is that only eight … Continue reading