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Higher Ed Insights: Week of Dec. 12, 2016

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ (CCJC) president, Barbara Beno, was placed on administrative leave for six months up to her scheduled retirement.  The leave begins 30 days before the Commission is scheduled to make its final decision on  accrediting the City College of San Francisco (CCSF).  Her removal also precedes the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) decision whether to revoke CCJC’s ability to accredit two-year colleges, scheduled to follow CCJC’s meeting to determine the fate of CCSF.

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APUS Participates in the United States Army’s First Higher Education Symposium

APUS Participates in the United States Army’s First Higher Education Symposium

Photo provided by: www.army.mil

By: Dr. Christopher M Reynolds, CEM, MEMS, CFO and Lt. Col., USAF (Ret), Dean, Academic Outreach and Program Development at American Public University System

Military educational institutions, from the Army and Air Force War Colleges, and civilian institutions, from American Public University System (APUS) and Kansas State to the University of Alabama, recently spent two days together at the Army University’s first higher education symposium at Ft.

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Accountability in Assessment: Projections for Higher Education

Accountability in Assessment: Projections for Higher Education

By Julie Atwood Director of Assessment, American Public University System

The use of assessment in higher education dates back to the earliest learning experiences, but assessment today often refers to a means of evaluating student learning throughout a program or university. Since the 1980s, as a field it has developed to facilitate the self-evaluation of a program, achievement of the school’s mission, or to determine success for a particular area, such as writing.

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Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise by Robert Zemsky

When I was a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Bob Zemsky constantly reminded my classmates and me of two important things to remember when writing research papers or dissertations. The first was to show the reader the evidence; making statements or conclusions based on flimsy evidence was not a pathway toward graduation or a means of building a successful academic career post graduation.

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Preparing K-12 Students for Post K-12 Years

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  As an educator, I believe Mr. Franklin’s statement is accurate.  Recently, however, an international ranking of educational success found that despite its role as a global superpower, the United States lags behind other countries.  Top performers include Hong Kong, Canada, Taiwan, Estonia, Japan, and Korea. 

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Considering the Rising Cost of College and Administrative Bloat

During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, fewer articles about higher education are published, primarily because colleges and universities are closed and faculty, students, and administrators are not around.  On December 28, 2012, however, The Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “Deans List: Hiring Spree Fattens College Bureaucracy- and Tuition.”  The article doesn’t appear to have been picked up in too many other places. 

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Revisiting No Child Left Behind

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, which received bipartisan support for its passage in 2001, requires that states implement a variety of assessment mechanisms for students and teachers in order to qualify for federal education funding.  This federal act does not establish criteria to which all states must adhere; the means of assessment are left to each state to implement as it sees fit. 

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The Cost of College

It is hard to have a day go by where there is not at least one article in the major media about the high cost of college. With the recession and its impact on state and local budgets, tuitions are being increased at many public colleges and universities and some institutions are reducing the number of students attending in order to cut costs for next year.

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Remaking the American University: Market-Smart and Mission-Centered

Bob Zemsky, co-author of Remaking the American University: Market-Smart and Mission-Centered led a session for Presidents and Trustees of colleges and universities at the 2007 Higher Learning Commission annual meeting in Chicago.  At the time, he was a member and participant on the Spellings Commission and he provided the audience with an update on the Commission’s findings from his perspective. 

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