More than You Think, Less than We Need: Learning Outcomes Assessment in American Higher Education

More than You Think, Less than We Need: Learning Outcomes Assessment in American Higher Education

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The present moment is sobering: How can higher education reduce expenditures, maintain the gains achieved in access, improve graduation rates, and remain affordable while at the same time ensure that students acquire the skills, competencies, and dispositions that prepare them for a lifetime of learning in an increasingly competitive global marketplace? One essential step is that colleges and universities must become smarter and better at assessing student learning outcomes; at using the data to inform resource allocation and other decisions; and at communicating these responsible, mission-relevant actions to their constituents.
Citation: Kuh, George; Ikenberry, Stanley, More than You Think, Less than We Need: Learning Outcomes Assessment in American Higher Education (National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, October 2009)
Program: Education