ERIC Number: EJ792677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Resist Simplistic Measures of Success
Wilson, Jack M.
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v21 n4 p25-26 Win 2007
When the author testified last year before the national Commission on the Future of Higher Education created by U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, he congratulated the commission for training a spotlight on the key issues of affordability, accessibility and accountability, while pointing out what he felt were some of the shortcomings of the metrics that purport to measure these. He particularly objects to the notion that college is simply high school for older kids. Approaches that have been used widely in the schools--such as high-stakes testing of general achievement--have limited utility in colleges where the academic aims and programs are far more diverse. Furthermore, metrics that are often cited in discussions of where higher education needs to improve may have exactly the opposite effect to that intended. The Spellings Commission and others speak of a need for universities to improve their graduation rates, but the metric often cited to measure this aspect of college success is outmoded and could actually lead to much lower accessibility, affordability and completion.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Academic Achievement, High Stakes Tests, Accountability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts