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Teaching, Learning and the College Ratings Framework

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.21.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

By dismissing the primary work of colleges and universities --- teaching and learning --- as impossible to measure across institutions, the proposed framework exposes the utter folly of the Administration's plan to impose some kind of generic rating system on the thousands of disparate institutions of higher education in this nation.

Feds Issue Framework For College Ratings, But Not The Actual Plan

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 12.19.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama annou...

The Sorry Story of College Rankings and Ratings

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

The incredible diversity of mission, students, and programs that make it impossible to rank schools is the foundation of the great strength of the best higher education system in the world.

Experts: The White House Plan to Rate Colleges Has Major Issues

Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Mikhail Zinshteyn

Though the rating system due out in the fall is widely viewed as a preliminary effort, onlookers worry its accountability provisions lack the data to evaluate schools accurately.

Perfect v. Good: Higher Ed Reform Edition

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.07.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Real life is notoriously imperfect. Somehow, this ill-conceived quest for perfection in higher education seems rooted in nostalgia for an outmoded collegiate ideal.

Restating American Higher Education as a Public Good

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.27.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

How do American colleges and universities enhance their institutional reputation, without sacrificing this reputation to the sloppy and often subjective research that forms the basis for published rankings? Does reputation matter?

Our Night Watch: Liberal Education, the Humanities, and Earnings

Catharine Hill | Posted 07.02.2014 | College
Catharine Hill

The Obama administration's proposal to include some measure of graduates' earnings in a rating of higher education has ignited a heated debate about the purpose of an education, and in particular the value of a liberal education.

Ed Dept. Seeks Feedback On College Ratings System

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department on Wednesday asked for the public's help to develop a new ratings system for America's coll...

How Not to Measure Colleges

Gary A. Olson | Posted 11.01.2013 | College
Gary A. Olson

Many of the most recent calls for holding institutions accountable for college affordability have also called for keeping track of how many students graduate within four years. This is the fatal flaw.

Federal Regulation to Reduce College Costs: The Big Lie

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.25.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

President Obama's populist rhetoric bashing colleges on cost and accountability was surely a crowd-pleaser; and there's just enough truth in his criticism to make his plan seem, at the very least, important if not brilliant. But the plan masks a big lie. Actually, several big lies.

Apples to Apples: The Complexities of Lowering College Costs

Noël Harmon | Posted 10.23.2013 | College
Noël Harmon

We have a lot of statistics in our heads about why college is worth it and I'm about ready to just say to folks, "If it's not worth it, why are we still talking about it, and why are thousands of parents packing their kids off to college as I'm writing this?"

Obama Proposes New Rating System For Colleges

AP | JULIE PACE and PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Targeting the soaring cost of higher education, President Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled a broad new government rating system...

American Success Depends on Expanding Access to Higher Ed

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 02.26.2013 | College
Dr. David Svaldi

A careful look at credential completion rates, which have become of interest to both state and national politicians, reveals that completion rates for low-income students haven't really improved over the last 50 years.

College Grads Don't Know U.S. History, Study Faults Institutions

Posted 10.10.2012 | Education

A recent study by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni titled “What Will They Learn?” graded 1,070 colleges and universities on the strengt...

Are College Rankings Out of Step with America's Future?

Nancy Cantor | Posted 11.20.2011 | College
Nancy Cantor

At the very moment when voices are being raised all across our country to ensure our national competitiveness by educating the broadest, most diverse population we've ever had, U.S. News rewards institutions for the number of students whom they can reject.

College Rankings Fatigue or Just Bad College Rankings Fatigue?

Robert Franek | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Robert Franek

Simply put, as head of content for the Princeton Review and author of our book The Best 373 Colleges, I'm a self-diagnosed rankings snob.