Category Archives: Accountability and Accreditation

College Costs: the Dishonest Conversation (2)

March 11, 2013 In today’s Inside Higher Education, Christopher Loss has an excellent piece on the unfolding college cost crisis. His push off point is President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address in which he said that he would … Continue reading

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College Rankings: “Gaming” or Lying?

February 1, 2012 Claremont McKenna College has announced that for several years, it deliberately provided U.S. News and World Report and other providers of college rankings inaccurate data about its students’ SAT scores.  The story appeared in dozens of outlets.  … Continue reading

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Serving NSSE

November 18, 2011 The 2011 Annual Report for NSSE, the National Survey of Student Engagement, has now been released.  It’s entitled “Fostering Student Engagement Campuswide.”  As a member of the NSSE National Advisory Board, I had the chance to write … Continue reading

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NSSE Symposium: A Question of Academic Freedom?

October 7, 2011 The higher education news media are abuzz today about a controversy involving the cancelling of a symposium on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).  The Chronicle of Higher Education piece (gated) is here.  The Inside Higher … Continue reading

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Success of the For-Profit Lobby

June 9, 2011 Higher Ed Watch (a blog from new America) had a very useful overview piece yesterday on “how much damage” “efforts to deregulate the [for profit college] industry over the past decade have caused both students and taxpayers.”  … Continue reading

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No Room for the Needy?

June 3, 2011 Education Trust, a non-profit analysis and advocacy organization that focuses intensely on the combination of learning and access issues has published a provocative new study asking which colleges and universities in the United States genuinely serve poor … Continue reading

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Another Unit Record Data Issue

May 27, 2011 A few months ago I wrote a post arguing against the federal government’s creating a student unit record data system.  Such a data system would collect basic data about every student in every higher education institution and … Continue reading

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