Published Online: July 25, 2006
Published in Print: July 26, 2006, as National Accountability Plan Proposed for Higher Education

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National Accountability Plan Proposed for Higher Education

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A report released last week by the Princeton, N.J.-based Educational Testing Service proposes a national system for assessing student learning during college, amid widespread calls for clearer accountability in higher education.

A national commission on higher education is expected to call for better measures of student learning in a report this fall.

The ETS report, “A Culture of Evidence: Postsecondary Assessment and Learning Outcomes,” proposes giving a set of common measures, focused on workplace-readiness and general skills, to a sample of students within each higher education institution, much like the National Assessment of Educational Progress in K-12 education, for which the ETS is a primary contractor.

The report, which is online at, suggests that the six regional postsecondary accrediting agencies be charged with integrating a national system of assessing student learning into their ongoing reviews of institutions.

Vol. 25, Issue 43, Page 30

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