April 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.

  • Public Research Universities: Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision: An Educational Compact for the 21st CenturyThe Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Higher Education, American Academy of Arts and Sciences – “Public higher education is key to U.S. educational infrastructure and the foundation of competiveness. As centers of learning, culture, research, and entrepreneurship, these institutions drive social mobility and economic growth. Yet over the past decade, state funding to these universities has declined precipitously, forcing campuses across the country to make difficult choices about institutional spending and resource allocation.”
  • A Stronger Nation 2016, The Lumina Foundation – Explore the data to learn about degree attainment in the United States, and progress toward reaching  the 2025 goal: 60 percent of Americans hold a degree, certificate or other high-quality postsecondary credential.
  • In Admission Decisions, the Deciders’ Own Backgrounds Play a Big Role”, Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education – A new study which examines the impact of admissions officers’ personal backgrounds on the admissions process. “…the study found, the personal backgrounds of admissions officers appeared to play a major role in determining how much they used holistic consideration to promote socioeconomic diversity.”
  • Performance Measurement to Evaluation, Peter A. Tatian, Urban Institute – A useful brief on the nuances of performance measurement and evaluation, and how to construct a performance measurement-evaluation continuum, that works to inform and improve program impact.
  • Department of Education nudges college accreditors to get tougher”, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post –  The Department emphasizes the importance of student outcomes and achievement in its relationship with regional and national accreditors.
  • How Colleges Help Foreign Grad Students with their Teaching”, Vimal Patel, The Chronicle of Higher Education – what services are programs providing to foreign students to support their success in school? How can that be adjusted for your program?