Public won’t buy ‘trust us, we’re experts’

“Trust us, we’re experts” isn’t a persuasive argument for academics, writes Community College Dean in response to professors who reject measuring college students’ learning.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  The U.S. Education Department’s proposed definition of a credit hour measures “seat time” rather than learning, charges the American Council on Education.

Time to cut college subsidies?

Too much public money is going to subsidize higher education, argues Richard Vedder, an Ohio University economics professor and director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Vedder sees diminishing returns as less-capable students are pushed to enroll in college.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  We need to measure how much college students are learning, writes Ed Sector’s Kevin Carey.