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Is Our Students Learning?

Does higher education in the United States really live up to its reputation? What is the basis for the clout that accompanies names like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other top-tier universities? In this article from the Washington Monthly, Kevin Carey writes about what really makes a quality college earn its ranking, and what parents and students should be looking for when selecting a place to invest their tuition dollars. What's at fault in the numerous sets of college rankings is the "absence...[of] the equivalent of a bottom line. There are no widely available measures of how much learning occurs inside the classroom," writes Carey.

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