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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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