States Seek Ways to Take Measure of College Degrees

Kristin Murphy for The Chronicle

Norman L. Jones is chairman of the history department at Utah State U. and a state leader in a project developed by the Lumina Foundation to better articulate goals for student learning.
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Christopher A. Conte can hardly stand to utter the word "rubric."

He finds the grading grid, which has recently captivated many of his faculty colleagues in the history department here at Utah State University, entirely too rigid.

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