President Obama put the rising cost of a college degree in the national spotlight during his State of the Union address January 24. Colleges and universities can take up the president’s challenge to keep tuition costs down by investing in programs, teaching methodologies, services, and support that are proven through a rigorous controlled study to have a positive impact on student outcomes.
Today, decisions about new investments and cuts at universities are often highly political, driven by the interests of various stakeholders, including faculty, alumni, athletics, and administration. Too often, what’s missing is a focus on measurement and accountability, with an eye toward what is most beneficial for students.
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