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ERIC Number: ED539770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Student Learning Outcomes for Institutional Accountability and Transparency. Pathways to College Network Brief
Pathways to College Network
The national focus on college completion has prompted a number of ambitious education goals, numerous research- and practice-based initiatives, and a spotlight on the need to continually improve higher education access and success. This national dialogue has raised not only public and political will for postsecondary completion, but also a number of cautionary tales by higher education stakeholders. Chief among them is a concern that postsecondary institutions will dilute educational quality in attempts to increase degree completions. To meet quality and workforce alignment goals, education leaders, practitioners, policymakers, and policy influencers turn to the measurement of student learning to provide accountability and transparency. To this end, the Pathways to College Network, with the support of Lumina Foundation, hosted a series of meetings on student learning outcomes. These meetings led to ongoing discussions of what is most important in ensuring quality and the graduation of an increasingly diverse student body. This brief is a product of these discussions and provides Pathways to College Network partners and their constituents with guideposts for the complex topic of student learning outcomes. Such knowledge is useful as postsecondary stakeholders ensure that institutional accountability and transparency are part of the larger effort to graduate students who are prepared for work and life. A list of resources is included. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Education Resources Institute, Pathways to College Network