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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability
New campus affordability measures are helping to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Tuition cuts and freezes, three-year degree programs, and more. Complete list
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Trying to Find a Measure for How Well Colleges Do
April 8, 2012
In the wake of the No Child Left Behind federal education law, students in elementary, middle and high schools take standardized tests whose results are made public, inviting anyone to assess, however imperfectly, a school's performance. There is no comparable trove of public data for judging and comparing colleges. Pieces of such a system may be taking shape, however, with several kinds of national assessments - including, most controversially, standardized tests - gaining traction in recent years. More than 1,000 colleges may be using at least one of them.