Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes and Other Accreditation-Related News

June 1, 2016

Plan to Define and Test What Students Should Know (Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2016) “Faculty members tend to be skeptical about attempts to go beyond grading with standardized definitions and measures of what students should learn – the so-called student learning outcomes accreditors require colleges to collect.” (See also A Faculty Stand on AssessmentInside Higher Ed, June 1, 2016)

U.S. College Ranking Launched by Times Higher Education (Times Higher Education, May 30, 2016) “New ranking of colleges, due for publication in September 2016, has been developed with input from key U.S. sector bodies and experts.”

TNE Growth Must Go Hand in Hand With Quality – Panel (University World News, May 27, 2016) “The growth of transnational education, or TNE, must go hand in hand with an increase in quality, according to a panel of experts taking part in a webinar on the future of cross-border higher education.”

Senator Demands “Immediate Action” on “No-Good’ College Accreditors (BuzzFeed News, May 27, 2016) “The Department of Education should move quickly to ‘protect the integrity of higher education in America,’ Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-Connecticut] told BuzzFeed News.”

Let Accreditors Do What Does the Most Good for Students (The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 25, 2016) “The data that inform federal policy is not the same as those collected to guide institutional performance. We need to resist efforts to redefine the purpose of accreditation and the missions of our institutions in misguided ways.”