The chairman of the history department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says higher-level administrators raised concerns about a class taught by a prominent faculty critic. The class was then canceled.
Some colleges have moved away from using exams like the Collegiate Learning Assessment to measure critical-thinking skills. An administrator at the University of New Mexico, which did well in a recent analysis of test results, explains what it gains from using the tool.
A tool developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis shows whether chemistry students tend to extrapolate from concepts or rely on memorization. The difference can predict how well they fare academically.