Assessing University Performance

Each year, prospective college students and university officials eagerly await the publication of the latest college rankings. These rankings provide a quantifiable way to compare colleges, and--in the absence of reliable and publicly available indicators of student development and management effectiveness--are used by consumers and policymakers to make critical financial decisions. But rankings are not a perfect measurement of university performance. As the cost of college continues to soar, the time has come to ask whether the lack of an effective means to evaluate colleges has exaggerated the academic arms race.

Do rankings help or hinder intelligent decision-making by consumers and producers of higher education services? What additional information should colleges provide to permit better rankings and more informed consumer choices? Scholars, education leaders, and rankings experts will explore the history and practical implications of university performance assessment at this conference, cosponsored by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

AEI adjunct scholar Richard Vedder will moderate.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Graduation day: How dads’ involvement impacts higher education success

Join a diverse group of panelists — including sociologists, education experts, and students — for a discussion of how public policy and culture can help families lay a firmer foundation for their children’s educational success, and of how the effects of paternal involvement vary by socioeconomic background.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Getting it right: A better strategy to defeat al Qaeda

This event will coincide with the release of a new report by AEI’s Mary Habeck, which analyzes why current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates and what the US can do to develop a successful strategy to defeat this enemy.

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Obamacare’s rocky start and uncertain future

During this event, experts with many different views on the ACA will offer their predictions for the future.   

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