We live in a time of intense scrutiny as to the
effectiveness of instruction in higher education.
Questions are being asked of college and university
administrators about the retention and graduation
rates of their students. In fact, some states have tied
funding of public institutions to this data. Others
are asking how well we are teaching students to get
that well-paid job after graduation.
It is interesting that the fundamental question
of how well we are teaching our students is rarely
answered. One reason for this hesitation is that we
are still struggling with just how to measure teaching
effectiveness and student learning outcomes. It’s
no wonder that none the countless college rankings
that are – like those from U.S. News & World Report
– address this most important issue.