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Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education from the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning andAccountability.

A recent communication from the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability notes that as postsecondary education becomes ever more important both for the economy and democracy, institutions must take the lead in ensuring that college degrees reflect a high level of student achievement. With growing national attention on college cost and quantity of degrees awarded, U.S. higher education must broaden that dialogue to focus directly on quality. And the critical conversations must be had on campuses. A true focus on quality requires everyone on college and university campuses — presidents and chancellors, faculty members, academic and student affairs administrators, and students — to work together to answer the question “Are our students learning?” As you know, students are engaged in a range of activities while in college, many of these outside the classroom, so it is imperative that we assess learning across the entire institution.

A new publication from the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability, Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education, provides a roadmap for discussing educational quality and taking action to improve it. The publication is endorsed by 27 higher education associations (including the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, which CRLA is a member). The New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability invited CRLA to also endorse the document.

The CRLA Board of Directors (BoD) reviewed Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education and felt that this is a report with merit for all members of the profession. Hence, the BoD voted to join other higher education associations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Higher Education Research Center, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers, among others in endorsing this document.

A complimentary copy of Committing to Quality is available at http://www.newleadershipalliance.org/. We urge you to download a copy and share it with colleagues on your campus.

Approved by CRLA Board: March 25, 2012

 
 
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