February 2016 Monthly Roundup

Looking to expand your knowledge related to accreditation, higher education, program management, or performance management? Every month, we share a short list of articles or resources from around the web that may be interesting and valuable to NASPAA-accredited programs.

  • The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education – ICYMI, the 2015 Classification Update, released February 1.
  • Higher Ed Overhaul Unlikely in 2016″, Michael Stratford, Inside Higher Ed – Given the complexity of the HEA, the government is unlikely to pursue a renewal of the Act in an election year.
  • The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain’s distance education pioneer?”, Ben Wildavsky, Brookings Institution (Brown Center Chalkboard) – As distance-learning and online programs become increasingly commonplace, an overview of the lessons to be learned from one of the first models of its kind.
  • Why the OECD Wants a Global Effort to Measure Student Learning”, Nicola Jenvey, University World News – “Governments need data to determine policy and funding priorities; employers need data to assess the value of qualifications from different institutions and students need data to make informed decisions on their higher education institutions.”
  • Where are the Minority Professors?”, Ben Myers, The Chronicle of Higher Education – Interesting interactive highlighting the (lack of) diversity across professors and institutions.
  • Assessing, without Tests”, Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed – Since 2008, the number of institutions focusing on assessing student learning without standardized tests has increased: “…91 percent of those who assess in general education use rubrics, applying them to examples of student work. In 2008, that number was 77 percent. Other common approaches are the use of capstone projects (78 percent), student surveys (64 percent), locally developed common assignments (62) and locally developed examinations (46 percent).” (Access the full survey here).
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