Inside Higher Ed Highlights New Work by Prof. Roksa on Improving Quality


Inside Higher Ed

Josipa Roksa's new book on quality in higher education is highlighted in a new article.

Plan to Define and Test What Students Should Know

The Measuring College Learning project, which Arum has helped lead, seeks to change that dynamic by putting faculty members in charge of determining how to measure learning in six academic disciplines. After more than two years of work, the project has defined the “fundamental concepts and competencies society demands from today's college graduates” in biology, business, communication, economics, history and sociology.

The project’s initial results are included in a newly released book by Arum, Josipa Roksa, an associate professor of sociology and education the University of Virginia, and Amanda Cook, a program manager at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

The Social Science Research Council has overseen the Measuring College Learning project. (Arum and Roksa were Academically Adrift’s coauthors and Cook previously worked for the council.) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Teagle Foundation provided funding.