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August 22, 2016
The conversation about the assessment of student learning in higher education has shifted somewhat in recent years. While some critics still question whether colleges are doing enough to try to understand what and how much their students learn, there is no doubt that most institutions -- often prodded by their accreditors and other external pressures -- are engaged in more activity aimed at assessing student learning. Several national groups announced a new program last fall aimed at recognizing institutions that have gone beyond sporadic efforts to assess student learning and sought to assure a more systemic, cross-campus approach that uses results to drive experimentation and change.
July 22, 2016
Pssst! You wanna buy a college education? Of course you do! People with college degrees earn about $1 million more over their lifetimes than those with only high school diplomas, and are far more likely to have jobs they enjoy. At least, that’s how things turn out for the average American graduate,according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
June 23, 2016
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities on Wednesday said it backed an approach to the accreditation process where the agencies focus more time and energy on colleges that have problems than on those that don't. The U.S. Department of Education also recently has said it supports risk-based accreditation.
May 26, 2016
The official graduation rate that colleges must report to the U.S. Department of Education has included only first-time, full-time students who graduate from that college within 150% of normal time (three years for a two-year college or six years for a four-year college). Although part-time and non-first-time students were included in the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collection for the first time this year, it will still be about another year or so before those data will be available to the public. (Russell Poulin at WICHE has a nice summary of what the new IPEDS outcome measure data will mean.)
May 10, 2016
Hundreds of Cleveland State University students who will receive degrees at commencement on May 14 will not be considered graduates by the federal government. That's because they attended part-time, transferred from another institution or dropped out and returned. The U.S. Department of Education bases a college's graduation rate on how many first-time full-time freshmen receive their degrees within six years.
May 4, 2016
If you’re eliminating a big chunk of the population that you say you’re serving with the scorecard, it’s going to kill the results. It has a huge impact on the scorecard’s effectiveness. There is another scorecard system that has been developed by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) called the Student Achievement Measure (SAM). They take into account that there are mobile students who enroll in multiple institutions or who transfer and then graduate. The traditional way of counting only the graduation rates of first-time, full-time students really doesn’t show the true picture and it can really have an negative representation for some institutions. The SAM tracks student movement across various postsecondary institutions. A link between the the scorecard and SAM would be good because that would give us a more complete picture of how an institution is doing in terms of student success and completion.
January 19, 2016
January 19, 2016 - The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges will discuss their report, Addressing Antibiotic Resistance, on the crucial ways the universities can best help advance a national strategy for education, research and outreach to livestock and feed producers to improve animal antibiotics and their wise use.
November 18, 2015
Over the weekend, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities issued a legislative analysis explaining why it opposes the bill, noting it is "deeply troubled" by the restrictions blocking colleges from fully responding to sexual assault reports.
November 16, 2015
NCAA President Mark Emmert told a gathering of high-ranking university officials Sunday that they have an “ethical responsibility” to address what he termed academic or admissions mismatches that result in Division I athletes struggling in the classroom and having trouble completing meaningful degree programs.
November 13, 2015
More library and higher education groups on Thursday threw their support behind the editors of the linguistics journal Lingua, upping the pressure on publisher Elsevier.