U.S. Higher Education News for September 28, 2015

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The Christian Science Monitor includes a commentary on how universities and colleges are trying to measure the development of their graduates critical-thinking skills. It turns out that Mitch Daniels was concerned that Purdue University could not demonstrate that its graduates had acquired significantly improved critical-thinking skills. So he convinced the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers to sponsor the development of a mechanism for measuring critical-thinking skills. Although the otherwise very detailed article describes that mechanism only as a “general rubric,” it sounds very much like a standardized test. Oh, and no surprise here, only a third of the students passed it.

Heather J. Carlson, a political columnist for the Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minnesota, reports on a proposal to direct a significant part of the state’s $1 billion surplus toward tuition-relief and a tuition freeze at the University of Minnesota. Apparently…

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