Category Archives: Higher Education Policy Reform

“Shaking up” how we offer higher education

July 25, 2013

Few would argue that our higher education system needs to evolve to become more affordable for students. But the question is:  how do we do that without sacrificing educational quality? In a speech yesterday, President Obama stressed the need to … Continue reading

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Big comparable data is higher education’s friend

July 18, 2013

Big data is higher education’s friend … as long as we use that data to report on metrics related to the issues that matter most for student success. With a better system in place, policymakers will be able to assess … Continue reading

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Capella Partners to Increase Data Transparency

July 12, 2013

This week, Capella was mentioned in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed for our collaboration with a Gates Foundation sponsored initiative to create a framework for measuring an institution’s performance through a new set of measures. Good … Continue reading

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Changing How We Measure College Completion

June 24, 2013

Today six higher ed associations have announced their endorsement of a system called the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), which is meant to track completion rates more precisely. The current federal methodology doesn’t work for a significant portion of higher-education – … Continue reading

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An issue of highest (educational) importance

June 5, 2013

We’ve talked a lot on this blog about competency-based learning and the Higher Learning Commission’s approval of Capella University’s first two programs under a “direct assessment” model. Here’s an excellent piece from Capella’s President Scott Kinney in today’s USA Today … Continue reading

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