Though differentiation is the enemy of sound social science, national efforts at assessing learning in college must make certain affordances for the variability inherent to the higher education system.
By Dr. Fredrik deBoer
Purdue University scholar and academic researcher
Assessment has become an unavoidable topic in higher education circles. The past two American presidential administrations, one Republican and the other Democratic, have both made endorsement of assessment of college learning outcomes a cornerstone of their higher administration policy. More and more state governments are putting pressure on public institutions to gather data about student