Metrics are central to just about every national or state effort – and most institutional efforts – to promote student success. Gut instincts just don’t count for much these days without solid evidence about the impact of various policies and proposals.
But that doesn’t mean every metric used is the right one. As colleges rely more on metrics, many educators are subjecting those metrics to scrutiny, and ask if in fact the right things are being measured.
Inside Higher Ed editors, Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will explore some of the things colleges are measuring, how the data are used to improve teaching and learning, and the debates over these strategies. Topics include:
- Why community colleges need to better accommodate part-time students to close achievement gaps.
- How the methods of some selective colleges for enrolling low-income students hurt other needy students.
- How major education foundations are partnering to get data needed to better analyze and serve students.