Public colleges have a golden opportunity to make a statement on the importance of releasing their educational data to the public. All they have to do is participate in a plan called the Voluntary System of Accountability, developed by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which combined represent 600 public schools that enroll 7.5 million students and award about 70 percent of U.S. bachelor's degrees each year.
The highlight of this plan is . . .
Equally promising is that within four years, the same schools will release their data on student learning to the public. There are three examinations schools can use for this information: the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency, the Collegiate Learning Assessment, and the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress.
This plan is a higher education accountability breakthrough and should be applauded. Parents and students would have a rich resource of new data to determine what is really going on at these schools. But there are still some major questions that will determine whether the VSA succeeds. One wonders whether a school with relatively poor student engagement scores or learning outcomes will actually voluntarily disclose that information to the world. Also, we will all have to wait for up to four years to see how many universities will join, since they have that much time to implement the engagement and learning tests. So the jury is still out, but it's a promising beginning . . .
Link to Robert Morse's full article HERE
Posted by lhobbs at December 1, 2007 01:04 PM
Most colleges don't realize sink or swim time is coming fast. I hope more colleges join this system, or else there's going to be some problems in the near future.
Thanks for the link.
I tend to find myself more in agreement as time goes on. Thanks for your input Tony.
Posted by: Tony at December 4, 2007 04:26 AM
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