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Opinion | The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’ - The New York Times
a bureaucratic behemoth known as learning outcomes assessment. This elaborate, expensive, supposedly data-driven analysis seeks to translate the subtleties of the classroom into PowerPoint slides packed with statistics — in the hope of deflecting the charge that students pay too much for degrees that mean too little."
"Instead, it lets politicians and accreditors ignore these problems as long as bureaucratic mechanisms appear to be holding someone — usually a professor — accountable for student performance."

"Faced with outrage over the high cost of higher education, universities responded by encouraging expensive administrative bloat.
learning_outcomes  higher_education  learning  assessment  bureaucracy 
6 weeks ago by pagecarr
Opinion | The Growing College Graduation Gap - The New York Times
More people are going to college but what are they learning? why does graduation matter?
higher_education  graduation  trend  data  gap 
april 2018 by pagecarr
A Tale of Two Betsy DeVoses - The Atlantic
she drew the ire of already wary public-school teachers by saying that instructors at a school she’d just visited were “waiting to be told what they have to do.” During a painful confirmation hearing, DeVos seemed not to understand the basics of the debate about how student success should be measured,
higher_education  faculty  Achieving_The-Dream  DeVos  top-down 
february 2018 by pagecarr
'Achieving the Dream' Produces Little Change at Community Colleges - The Chronicle of Higher Education
build a "culture of evidence" by using data to track students' performance over time and to identify barriers to academic progress.
higher_education  NOVA  Achieving_The_Dream  assessment  faculty  Student_Learning_Outcomes 
february 2018 by pagecarr
An Insider’s Take on Assessment: It May Be Worse Than You Thought - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"As Upton Sinclair said, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.""
and "It’s no accident that the rise of learning-outcomes assessment has coincided with a significant expansion in the use of adjunct faculty, the growth of dual enrollment, and the spread of online education. Each of these allows administrators to deliver educational product to their customers with little or no involvement from the traditional faculty. If they are challenged on the quality of these programs, they can always point out that assessment results indicate that the customers are learning just as much as the students in traditional courses."
assessment  higher_education  SLOs 
january 2018 by pagecarr
What’s wrong with going to a community college? How two-year colleges can be better than four-year universities. - The Washington Post
'Secondly, in some cases, a two-year degree pays off more than if students went on to get a bachelor’s degree. In Virginia, for example, graduates with an associate’s degree in technical fields earn around $40,000 annually right out of school, more than the average bachelor’s degree recipient.'
higher_education  jobs  communicty_college 
january 2018 by pagecarr

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