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Measuring Stick

Andrew Hacker of CUNY’s Queens College, from behind, 2010

In the fall of 2010 The Chronicle published a series of articles on accountability and assessment in higher education, a theme that is as relevant and urgent today as it was then. The series, called “Measuring Stick,” was accompanied by a blog of the same name, in which the series’ lead reporter, David Glenn, shared bylines with a dozen scholars and policy makers.

In his opening post, he laid out the questions the series was intended to address: “Are we lucky to have so many redundancies built into the American system of higher-education oversight? Will state regulators fix problems that trustees, accreditors, and the marketplace have failed to remedy (and vice versa)? Or does the complexity of our oversight system lead to confusion and buck-passing?”

Following are highlights from the series.