Laura Chapman writes in response to a post about OECD ratings for higher education in different nations based on ability of adults to answer standardized test questions. This comes as the U.S. Department of Education has declared its intention to rate, rank, and evaluate colleges and universities by a variety of criteria, then to tie funding to ratings. That is, to bring the data-based decision making of NCLB to higher education.
“OCED should not be messing around with ratings of higher education programs based on totally flawed assumptions, statistical and other wise.
“Meanwhile, two developments bearing on higher education in the United States are worth noting.
“ALEC, the conservative provider of model state legislation, wants to close a lot of public colleges and universities on a fast track.
“According to Politico (June 27, 2014) in ALEC’s next meeting members will consider endorsing the “Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Act,” which…
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