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Measuring Student Outcomes and College Performance in the New Millennium . Thomas Bailey Community College Research Center Third International Congress on Upper-Secondary and Higher Education Mexico City November 15, 2010. Two Developments in the New Millennium.

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measuring student outcomes and college performance in the new millennium

Measuring Student Outcomes and College Performance in the New Millennium

Thomas Bailey

Community College Research Center

Third International Congress on Upper-Secondary and Higher Education

Mexico City

November 15, 2010

two developments in the new millennium
Two Developments in the New Millennium
  • “Rise” of the community college
      • Two year, low cost, open access institutions with several missions
      • Growing importance in national policy discussion
      • Shift from focus on access to focus on student success
  • New and growing criticism of US higher education
  • Given these shifts, student performance measures are inadequate
growing criticism of us higher education why
Growing Criticism of US Higher Education—Why?
  • International comparisons
  • Rising skill demands
  • Growing availability of data showing low completion rates
  • Continued significant differences by income and race
  • Rising costs
  • Deteriorating fiscal situation with calls for greater efficiency
measures of higher education performance
Measures of Higher Education Performance
  • International rankings
  • Areas of progress from the student point of view
    • Progression measures
    • Employment measures
    • Learning measures
progression
Progression
  • Graduation rates available for most institutions in the US—limited use for CCs
  • Need to adjust for student characteristics
  • Account for varied missions
      • Occupational degrees and certificates
      • Transfer
      • Non-credit
  • Students must be tracked across institutions
  • Need to assure quality
employment
Employment
  • National data suggest strong employment benefits
  • We know much less about outcomes for students in states and institutions
  • Growing availability of longitudinal data—for profits controversy
  • Problems
      • Influenced by labor market conditions
      • Short term measures not accurate
student learning
Student Learning
  • Surprisingly little consistent and reliable information
  • Three areas of progress
    • Measures of general skills
    • Standardization of large introductory and basic courses, especially new technology
    • Occupational licensure and certification
beyond performance measures
Beyond Performance Measures

Emphasize diagnosis, analysis, and improvement, not just static measures of performance

committee on measures of student success
Committee on Measures of Student Success
  • US. Department of Education
  • For more information

http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/acmss.html

for more information
For more information:

Please visit us on the web at http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu,

where you can download presentations, reports,

CCRC Briefs, and sign-up for news announcements.

Community College Research Center

Institute on Education and the Economy, Teachers College, Columbia University

525 West 120th Street, Box 174, New York, NY 10027

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 212.678.3091

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