November 13, 2015
The “higher-education lobby” isn’t a singular force opposed to improved data, increased transparency and greater oversight. Public colleges and universities, which educate nearly three-quarters of all students, have been fierce advocates of lifting the legal ban that blocks the federal government from providing comprehensive aggregate data on student outcomes. We want more transparency of higher-education outcomes, including employment data and comprehensive graduation rates. Due to a federal ban on student-level data, the federal graduation rate excludes part-time and transfer students despite 55% of bachelor’s degree recipients attending more than one institution before graduating.
November 11, 2015
The editors and editorial board members of the linguistics journal Lingua have stoked antipublisher sentiment with their highly publicized protest against Elsevier. But judging by past revolts, turning their popularity into editorial success for their new journal, Glossa, could be a challenge. Open-access advocates, meanwhile, see the conflict as an opportunity to further their cause.
November 10, 2015
As reported in Inside Higher Education, there is evidence of fed-up academics taking a harder line against increasing journal prices: “All six editors and all 31 editorial board members of Lingua, one of the top journals in linguistics, last week resigned to protest Elsevier’s policies on pricing and its refusal to convert the journal to an open-access publication that would be free online. As soon as January, when the departing editors’ noncompete contracts expire, they plan to start a new open-access journal to be called Glossa.”
November 5, 2015
It was the kind of exit designed to make a statement. Last week all six editors and all 31 editorial-board members resigned from Lingua, a prominent linguistics journal, after a disagreement with the journal’s publisher, Elsevier. The announcement re-energized concerns about the relationship between academics and for-profit companies, and the future of scholarly publishing.
November 3, 2015
Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, issued a statement Monday expressing strong support for the move of the six editors and 31 editorial board members of Lingua, a top linguistics journal, to resign to protest Elsevier pricing. The protest has attracted considerable attention among advocates for open-access publishing (in which materials are available free online).
October 27, 2015
Two associations of public universities plan to recognize institutions that engage in campuswide activity aimed at assessing and improving student learning, for the sake of internal improvement rather than accountability. The Excellence in Assessment designation is a joint program of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, working in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.
September 23, 2015
For decades, the federal government’s main yardstick for judging how colleges perform with federal aid dollars has been the default rate on student loans. Each year the U.S. Department of Education tallies up how many borrowers from a given college fell so far behind on their federal loan payments that they defaulted within several years of starting to repay.
September 18, 2015
In the run-up to the first day of classes each year, students and families are inundated with higher education statistics and often left wondering what information really matters or even which facts and figures to trust. With college access and affordability already emerging as central issues in the 2016 election cycle, the year ahead promises even more confusion than usual.
September 14, 2015
The Obama administration over the weekend unveiled the revamped college information website it created instead of its original plan to rate colleges, releasing a trove of new federal data about the nation’s colleges and universities.
September 12, 2015
To help students better compare colleges, the federal government on Saturday launched a revamped College Scorecard website. Among other features, the site will publish earnings for federal aid recipients from every college in the country.