Accountability in Higher Education is bigger than a buzzword today; it is a buzz area. There is a lot of discussion about accountability, but I am not sure everyone is clear on what it actually means.
A 1994 report, “Public Accountability for Student Learning in Higher Education: Issues and Options,” defined accountability as the public presentation and communication of evidence about performance in relation to goals.
The report did not have specific recommendations, but did offer design principles that could be the basis for a national consensus about a framework for accountability in postsecondary education.
With the amount of money the federal government spends on student lending, there is an increased interest in holding schools accountable for delivering what they promise – an education.
Holding All Universities Accountable For Student Outcomes – October 22nd article from the Huffington Post.