Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A college exit-exam

More evidence that a degree in itself is not enough:

Next spring, seniors at about 200 U.S. colleges will take a new test that could prove more important to their future than final exams: an SAT-like assessment that aims to cut through grade-point averages and judge students’ real value to employers.

Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT? (Wall Street Journal)
The Collegiate Learning Assessment (the focus of the article and not an SAT-like multiple-choice test) plays an important part in the research that informs Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. The link goes to my review.


3:25 p.m.: The link to the WSJ article doesn’t work. What works: search for the article via Google, and you can get to the article from the search results.

comments: 1

Elaine said...

Of course, I'm a dinosaur, but at Florida Southern we had comprehensive exams at the end of sophomore year. You had to pass in order to progress to junior and senior level classes.
During my day-long exam, the (ridiculous) Lake Hollingsworth Regatta was noisily going on. Inside the Frank-Lloyd-Wright monstrosity, we were viewing a Van Gogh and being required to comment on it....and so on.

Just use that exam. Given the deterioration of expectations, that should be an adequately-debased meausre for current college seniors. I could not BELIEVE the level of illiteracy in my young teaching colleagues the last year I was in the workforce. Retirement was a happy escape....alas.