A major cultural shift has occurred in higher education. The time of low transparency, limited, and general knowledge of the student learning experience is quickly becoming a past reality. The present day and surely the future of higher education are focused on accountability and student assessment. From the national government to tuition paying parents transparency on student outcomes is an expectation. For this Discussion, you will look into some examples of accountability measures and student assessment and consider the role of a higher education leader in the midst of this cultural shift.
Review this week’s resources on accountability measures and research academic journal articles to familiarize yourself with the topic further.
Review accountability measures related to student assessment in your state or nationally. Refer to this week’s Learning Resources and read “State Education Agencies Nationwide.”
Post three examples of accountability measures focused on student assessment found in your state or nationally. Explain your position on why accountability measures focused on student assessment are a priority for many institutions. What does a leader in higher education need to prioritize to effectively implement this type of change?
Buller, J. L. (2015). Change leadership in higher education: A practical guide to academic transformation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Chapter 3, “Determining the Need for Change” (pp. 55–80)
Chapter 5, “Why Strategic Planning Doesn’t Work” (pp. 103–130)
Utah State Legislature. (n.d.). Digest of a review of two higher education accountability issues: Student assessment and faculty workload. Retrieved from http://le.utah.gov/audit/91_03dig.pdf
Cowan, K. (2013). Higher education’s higher accountability. American Council on Education. Retrieved from http://www.acenet.edu/the-presidency/columns-and-features/Pages/Higher-Education’s-Higher-Accountability.aspx
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. (2015). State education agencies nationwide. Retrieved from http://www.schev.edu/highered/StateEducationAgencies.asp
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This discussion assignment is similar to the previous one (Discussion 3). To
complete it, read the material below and respond with your assessment of what is
going on and what should be happening differently.
Tip: Your submissions
to this forum should not be repeats of last week’s posts — this one has a
different focus and different solutions. A hint may be found in the assignment’s
title, “Infant Grief and Loss”. Think about why and how infants might experience
grief and loss in addressing the situation below.
In a structured child
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center, the caregiver of the youngest infants was standing in the doorway of her
room, watching the caregiver in the next room try to comfort a tiny, crying
infant. The first caregiver looked upset. I asked her what was wrong, and she
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