In a recent post at The Hill, top-level college administrators Bruce Leslie, Ed Klonoski, Patricia A. Ladewig, Scott Kinney and Thomas Babel describe the need to “build a holistic system of metrics around the issues that matter the most for student success,” in order to better equip legislators to make decisions and develop policy regarding education. The group represents schools like Alamo Colleges and Regis University, and schools with an overt focus on online learning, like Charter Oak State College, Capella and DeVry Inc. In the post, they outline their goal of providing essential in-depth data by drawing from a diverse set of schools:
For the past two years, we have worked along with a coalition of 18 presidents from two-year, four-year, graduate, public, private not-for-profit and for-profit institutions in order to begin that process. Together, we constructed a framework for utilizing data effectively in building higher education policy.
The full report indicates some areas in which colleges need to show improvement; namely:
• repayment and default rates on student loans
• student progression and degree completion rates
• the real cost for an institution to produce a degree
• graduate employment outcomes
• the quality of student learning assessments
Check out the post for their summary of the context of this initiative, and see what you think of their report’s findings. Did they make the right calls?