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OECD to Compare Higher Ed Quality Across Nations

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is in the early stages of developing a new initiative to compare and assess higher education quality across institutions globally.

Richard Yelland, who is spearheading the effort for the Paris-based OECD, tomorrow will announce and detail the launch of the first phase of research, including problem-solving and critical-thinking skill measurements, according to an OECD press release.

The initiative, the International Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes, will involve 31 "developed and advancing" countries, including the United States, the press release says.

Yelland will speak at the 2010 annual conference of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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