FOR EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY TO WORK, IT HAS TO EVOLVE

| July 31, 2019

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Schools are being watched more closely than ever and are being held more accountable for the education of their students. But, what does this accountability mean and who is responsible? In America, every child has the right to attend school from kindergarten through high school. American children are supposed to have access to quality education, but this is not always the case. Who should be responsible for the shortcomings of the education system: teachers? Administrators? State education departments? Or is it the federal education department? In some facet, each one owns responsibility for the educational career of its students and children.

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UMass Dartmouth

One of the five campuses of the Public University of Massachusetts Enrollment:8,916 Undergraduate, Graduate & Continuing Education students Undergraduate enrollment:7,295 Graduate & Law enrollment :1,621 Students enrolled in online degree programs:395 95% of full-time faculty hold highest degree in their fields Alumni:44,641 Average class size:24 Male/Female ratio 51:49 MA residents:86% Full-time faculty:392 Courses offered:1718 per semester Living on Campus:4,168 Student Clubs & Organizations:151 Student Athletes:485 Main campus: 13 buildings, 122 classrooms, 113 labs & studios; 710-acres on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts, between Providence, RI and Cape Cod—just one hour from Boston.

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One of the five campuses of the Public University of Massachusetts Enrollment:8,916 Undergraduate, Graduate & Continuing Education students Undergraduate enrollment:7,295 Graduate & Law enrollment :1,621 Students enrolled in online degree programs:395 95% of full-time faculty hold highest degree in their fields Alumni:44,641 Average class size:24 Male/Female ratio 51:49 MA residents:86% Full-time faculty:392 Courses offered:1718 per semester Living on Campus:4,168 Student Clubs & Organizations:151 Student Athletes:485 Main campus: 13 buildings, 122 classrooms, 113 labs & studios; 710-acres on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts, between Providence, RI and Cape Cod—just one hour from Boston.

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