Counting Something Leads to Change in an Office or in a Classroom

During the past several months, for schools large and small, public and private, 501(c)3 and for-profit, there has been significant discussion at the national, state, accreditation agency, and institutional levels regarding accountability and transparency of institutions of higher education. These conversations are driven in part by the 2007 Spellings Commission Report decrying the traditional use of self-regulation in obtaining measurable results and the resulting hue and cry for postsecondary accountability and transparency. The differences between the past processes and possible future processes and requirements, as well as practical actions and solutions for schools, are detailed in this article.

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