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Kuh, George D.; Ikenberry, Stanley O.; Jankowski, Natasha A.; Cain, Timothy Reese; Ewell, Peter T.; Hutchings, Pat; Kinzie, Jillian – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
The expectation for accountability is legitimate. In order to have the desired effects, evidence of what students know and can do must respond to genuine institutional needs and priorities. Far too often, that condition is not met. On too many campuses, assessment activity is mired in a culture of compliance rather than driven by collective…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Compliance (Psychology), Educational Trends
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McCormick, Alexander C.; Gonyea, Robert M.; Kinzie, Jillian – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2013
Thirteen years ago, 276 bachelor's-granting colleges and universities inaugurated a new approach to assessing college quality by participating in the first national administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This report summarizes what was learned over the NSSE's first 13 years, why the survey is being updated, and new…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Higher Education, Educational Assessment, Student Surveys
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Jankowski, Natasha; Hutchings, Pat; Ewell, Peter; Kinzie, Jillian; Kuh, George – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2013
There is no shortage of challenges facing postsecondary institutions in the US. One that cuts to the core of the enterprise is whether they are preparing their graduates to live productive, civically responsible lives in a dynamic global marketplace mapped onto diverse, yet increasingly interdependent, social and cultural systems. Much of the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Stakeholders, Academic Degrees, Evidence
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Kuh, George D.; Kinzie, Jillian; Schuh, John H.; Whitt, Elizabeth J. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2011
A few years ago, in "Student Success in College (SSiC)," the authors profiled twenty colleges and universities that were unusually effective in fostering student engagement and success, defined as better-than-predicted scores on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and better-than-predicted graduation rates. These schools are…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Human Capital, Academic Achievement, Colleges
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Kuh, George D.; Kinzie, Jillian; Schuh, John H.; Whitt, Elizabeth J. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2005
College costs are rising and enrollments are at an all-time high, yet the proportion of students earning degrees has stayed more or less constant for decades. This leads some to conclude that colleges aren't holding up their end of the educational bargain. The question, Do they graduate? is receiving the most scrutiny by state legislatures and by…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, School Effectiveness, Higher Education, Graduation Rate