Assessment & Accountability

Electronic Transcripts at the Tipping Point

In an age of electronic information, it seems obvious--exchange student transcripts electronically, thereby cutting costs, speeding the process, and making fraud more difficult. But in a process that has taken many years, student transcripts are just now being pushed and pulled into the 21st century. Often on a state-by-state basis, high schools and colleges are gradually adopting technologies to allow them to exchange transcripts electronically.

Community College Applies Business Intelligence to Finance and Student Retention

Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, FL said it is using business intelligence software from SAS to better manage finances and increase enrollment. With eight campuses, BCC must collect, analyze, and report on financial and student data to justify state funding and compete with other educational institutions.

The Future of Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is changing the landscape of higher education IT and the application of learning technologies. Washington State University's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Director Gary Brown explains why he thinks we're moving from collaborative learning environments (CLEs) and ePortfolios, to personal learning environments (PLEs) and worldware.

ASR Launches Accountability Framework for Higher Ed

Education consulting firm ASR Analytics has debuted a new suite of services focused on the reporting and analysis of accountability data in colleges and universities. The new Accountability Framework for Higher Education (AFHE) is designed to provide a "sustainable reporting foundation for decision making" using BI methodologies.

Rethinking Accountability: Response to "The ePortfolio Hijacked"

This past December, Trent Batson voiced a concern in the C-Level View e-newsletter that those in higher education who are responsible for meeting the demands of external accreditors have "hijacked" the idea of electronic portfolios. Batson suggested a separation of student-owned ePortfolios and assessment management systems. Here, Syracuse University's Joe Shedd offers a different take on how institutions should position their ePortfolio programs.

The ePortfolio Hijacked

The idea of the electronic portfolio in higher education in the US has transmuted from a focus on learning to a focus on accountability. Trent Batson hopes to clarify the difference between the terms "ePortfolio" and "assessment management system."

Testing: No Longer a Contact Sport?

Universities are turning to technology to tackle (seemingly) growing problems with academic integrity (formerly known as "cheating"). Anti-plagiarism solutions routinely check student work; centers are devoted to studying and documenting cheating; and one university has gone so far as to build a high-tech, secure site for testing.

Autodesk Launches Academic Certs

Software developer Autodesk is expanding its certifications to secondary and post-secondary students through its new Autodesk academic certification program. The credential students earn is the same as the professional-level credential but is offered at an academic discount.

Virtual LSAT Course Slated for Oct.

Test preparation company PowerScores' new Virtual LSAT Course will begin instruction in October for the Dec. 1 LSAT test. While PowerScore holds onsite test instruction, the online course offer students across the globe the chance to remotely prepare for the test from their homes or offices.

Blackboard Debuts Anti-Plagiarism Technology for LMS

Blackboard this week debuted a new tool called SafeAssign, which is designed to eliminate plagiarism in student assignments. The service detects plagiarized works in student papers and delivers reports on such incidents through the Blackboard Learning System.