Roundtable
Wednesday, October 28
Love Library 430
12:30-1:30pm

The recent release of the federal College Scorecard is the latest manifestation of a growing federal emphasis on measuring the “value” provided by higher ed institutions. Driven by concerns about rising costs (with accompanying loan debt) and questions about seemingly declining returns on that investment, the trend of national policies has been toward increased accountability with corresponding regulation and oversight. Not surprisingly, this has been met with resistance on many campuses where faculty may see these trends as imposing on autonomy and academic freedom, and as elevating the value of vocational skills over the broader benefits of a liberal arts education.

These concerns notwithstanding, the reality is that the federal pressure on colleges to “show results” is unlikely to disappear anytime soon – however, there is still a conversation to be had about what those results should or could look like. What outcomes are really important? What kind of student learning is most valuable? What is real evidence of that learning? And how can we at San Diego State take a leadership role in shaping the answers to those questions beyond just our campus?

Please join us to explore these issues. To provide some background, we ask all participants to read three short articles:

– College Calculus: What’s the Real Value of Higher Education?
– Accreditation and the Federal Future of Higher Education
– Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success

As you read, please consider these questions, which will be the starting point of our discussion:

– What are the implications for higher education overall?
– What are the implications for San Diego State?
– How might SDSU address these issues in ways that move the national conversation in a positive direction?

You may also want to look over the WASC institutional report for more information about how the campus is already responding to some of these issues. We look forward to an invigorating discussion!

Event materials: Pre-event readings: 
– College Calculus: What’s the Real Value of Higher Education?
– Accreditation and the Federal Future of Higher Education
– Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success