States Demand That Colleges Show How Well Their Students Learn

Daniel Johnson for The Chronicle

At Northwest Missouri State U., students must take the Proficiency Profile, assessing their skills in math, reading, and writing. The university, among others in the state, has chosen to be evaluated on the basis of the test.
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