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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.


This work was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.



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