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ERIC Number: EJ792684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
What's in Your Valise?: Determining What Students Learn in College
Adelman, Clifford
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v21 n5 p20-21 Spr 2007
In this article, the author explores ways to determine what students learn in college and how well colleges teach them. The author offers two markers--one for graduating students and one for the institution from which the students graduate. The first marker, a comprehensive examination in a student's major, would be required as a condition of graduation. The second marker would be comprised of a report from the institution, based on the transcripts of all graduates in a given year, that would cite the proportion of students who had reached key thresholds of essential knowledge and skills. Both of these indicators respect the central role of the academic disciplines and academic faculty in setting standards for degrees and letting employers know what they can expect of the knowledge and skills of all their graduates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A