Count All Students! Outcome Measures for Non-Traditional Institutions

The Graduation Rate likely did not count 68.8% of community college students in Colorado. That’s almost 15,000 students. They are included in the new Outcome Measures.

Should we count all students when analyzing higher education, or only some of them? It’s not surprising that when you include all students, you get different results from that analysis than when you don’t. We think all students should be included. As reported in our last blog post (“Count All Students! New Outcome Measures Now […]

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Count All Students! New Outcome Measures Now Include Non-Traditional Students

quote box reads: The new Department of Education's Outcome Measures includes about 60% more students in the WICHE region than does its traditional Graduation Rate.

There is new improvement to the U.S. Department of Education’s Graduation Rate statistic. And we should all be using it. Institutions with large non-traditional student enrollments (e.g.: community colleges, online colleges, inner city universities, military-serving institutions) have not been well-represented by the Department’s Graduation Rate statistic. Few of their students are included in the results […]

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A Review of the Department of Education’s New College Scorecard Website

Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Education released its long-awaited College Scorecard. Originally envisioned as a way to help the Department in determining whether institutions should remain eligible to offer financial aid, the focus is now on student-as-consumer information.  According to President Obama in his weekly radio address: “Americans will now have access to […]

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Goodbye Lake Wobegone: Proposed Teacher Prep Regulations and Distance Ed

December 12, 2014 It was a quiet week in Lake Wobegone… …and then new Teacher Prep regulations were released. On December 3rd, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed new accountability regulations for teacher preparation programs.  Public comment will be accepted until February 2, 2015.  If implemented, these regulations will have a big impact on […]

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Ratings and Rankings Game, Part 1: Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System

February 12, 2014 Hooray!  College football in the United States is finally doing away with the Bowl Championship System (BCS) to anoint a national champion.  Meanwhile, a mania remains for ratings and ranking systems of collegiate performance in academics, financial aid administration, and employment of graduates.  I can understand the need for gauging performance, but […]

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U.S. News on Their Rankings of Online Colleges: In Their Own Words

The developers of the US News and World Report’s Top Online Programs rankings invited WCET members to ask questions regarding the implementation, methodology, survey questions, and future plans.  We thank Bob Morse and Eric Brooks of U.S. News for extending the invitation and for their quick turnaround in providing responses. Their invitation followed on the […]

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Reviewing US News Release of Honor Rolls of Online Education

The moment has arrived.  The ‘mother of all rankings,’ also known as the US News and World Report rankings, have birthed their newest baby where they list the “Top Online Programs.”  Rather than an overall institutional ranking they have created “Honor Rolls” of the top programs in:  bachelor’s degree and graduate degrees in business, education, […]

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