Ready to Assemble: A Model State Higher Education Accountability System

Source: Kevin Carey and Chad Aldeman, Education Sector, December 2008

From the press release:
New report describes the current condition of state higher education accountability and provides a set of guidelines for designing a model system.

Today’s colleges and universities are plagued by a host of problems: low graduation rates, high tuition rates, and poor student performance. But higher education has surprisingly few incentives to address these problems and to provide an affordable, high-quality education to all students. Funding is based on how many students enroll, not how many graduate. Prestige is tied to how smart students are when they begin as freshmen, not how much they learn before they leave. As a result, policymakers who want to fix the problems of American higher education need to create stronger accountability systems.

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