Education Sector, the Washington, DC-based education think tank, continue their efforts to cajole US colleges and universities to generate and distribute meaningful performance data.

“Aldeman and Kelly conclude that “Unless these flaws are resolved, the nation runs the risk of ending up in the worst of all worlds: the appearance of higher education accountability without the reality.” Most importantly, as the authors note, the small steps already taken “should not persuade policymakers that accountability can be increased by harnessing the good intentions of the very institutions that they seek to hold accountable.”

The full report is available here.

Richard Vedder gets, I believe, to the heart of the matter in his commentary on the report. He writes . . .

“This gets to the critical higher education problem –the failure to provide good useful information is because there are virtually no incentives to do so –indeed, there are considerable disincentives. Why, for example, if US News says you are the 15th best liberal arts college, should you reveal data that shows you are not as good as schools ranked, say, 40th or 60th?”

Dr. Vedder’s perspective reinforces views presented in a recent post on this blog by Lloyd Armstrong.

One thought on “New report questions the value of voluntary accountability efforts in higher education

  1. Interesting topic. I think it is important for us to reprioritize education into our budgets. With so many teachers being fired and classrooms getting larger I think we do not have our priorities in order.

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