Thursday, August 24, 2006

Higher education and value-added - check the discussions

When I first found this, I thought it was an interesting piece on the logic and difficulties of measuring the value added by a multi-path undergraduate experience. However, the discussion in the comments is even more interesting. Supporters and detractors present interesting cases that push the limits of where value-added can and cannot be applied. Attainment is still the goal. That's no different in higher education. However, the difficulty of coming up with useful (comparable) metrics is a tough problem. Generating the motivation to take any post-test seriously is another mountain of an obstacle - even if one could conceive of an appropriate testing regime.


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