Accountability in American Higher Education by K. CareyAccountability in American Higher Education by K. Carey

Accountability in American Higher Education

EditorK. Carey, M. Schneider

Hardcover | January 19, 2011

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Three years after U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling's national commission on higher education,and nearly a decade after No Child Left Behind revolutionized k-12 accountability, there is little agreement onwhat accountability in higher educationshould look like.While more students are enrolling in (and failing to complete) postsecondary education than ever before, scholars and policymakers have paid far less attention to questions ofhow well colleges areteaching students and helping them earn degrees while simultaneously contributing new research and scholarship. In Accountability in American Higher Education prominent academics, entrepreneurs, and journalists assess the obstacles to, and potential opportunities for, accountability in higher education in America.Key issuesinclude new measures of college student learning, power education data systems, implications for facultytenure, accreditation,for-profit higher education, community colleges, andthe political dynamics of reform.This volume provides insightful analysis that legislators, administrators, and consumers can use to engage institutions of higher education in the difficult but necessary conversation of accountability.

Kevin Carey is the Policy Director of Education Sector, a think tank in Washington, D.C. He has published articles on education and other topics in magazines including Washington Monthly, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Democracy, and Newsweek. He writes a monthly column for the Chronicle of Higher Education and serves as gue...
Title:Accountability in American Higher EducationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:January 19, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230110312

ISBN - 13:9780230110311


Table of Contents

Introduction--Kevin Carey and Mark Schneider * On the Foundations of Standardized Assessment of College Outcomes and Estimating Value Added--Jeffrey Steedle * Faculty Scholarly Productivity at American Research Universities--Lawrence Martin * Student Unit Record Systems and Postsecondary Accountability: Exploiting Emerging Data Resources--Peter Ewell * Higher Education Finance and Accountability--Bridget Terry-Long * Death of a University--Kevin Carey * What’s Governance Got to do With It?--Anne Neal, Erin O’Connor, Maurice Black * How college rankings are going global (and why their spread will be good for higher education)--Ben Wildavsky * The Politics of Higher Education--Mark Schneider * Accountability for Community Colleges: Moving Forward--Sara Goldrick-Rab * Scaling Back Tenure: How Claims of Academic Freedom Limit Accountability in Higher Education--Naomi Riley * Policy Barriers to Post-Secondary Cost Control--Burck Smith

Editorial Reviews

"The importance of this topic should be self evident in the United States. We no longer lead the world in terms of the share of our young adults with college degrees. Inequality in educational attainment across groups persists in the United States and the groups that are growing the most rapidly are the groups that are underrepresented in higher education. Tuition levels keep rising at rates that exceed the rate of inflation and we worry that increasing college costs are going to prevent us from improving our educational performance. This book will be an important one."--Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow; and Director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI), Cornell University