The absence of accountability

Truth Without Action: The Myth of Higher-Education Accountability
Kevin Carey
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.Vol. 39, n. 5, Sep-Oct 2007.

“In September 2006, the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education issued an indictment of American higher education. Costs are too high, said the panel formed by Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, graduation rates too low (and lower still for low-income and minority students), and learning outcomes a mystery. Moreover, “compounding all of these difficulties is a lack of clear, reliable information about the cost and quality of postsecondary institutions, along with a remarkable absence of accountability mechanisms to ensure that colleges succeed in educating students.”

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2 comments on “The absence of accountability

  1. Cathy G. says:

    Please tag as key resource

  2. bartolini says:

    agree, key resource (bjb)
    important quote from article: “But, once missions are defined by institutional
    leaders and appropriate governing bodies, it’s more than reasonable
    to hold institutions accountable for achieving them. Self-governance means freedom to choose how to succeed—not freedom to choose whether to succeed. Independence and immunity from accountability are not the same thing.”

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