Colleges should be held accountable for student outcomes, administrators say

Most college leaders think institutions should be held more accountable for student outcomes, according to a new report by Third Way and Global Strategy Group based on a survey of 211 college administrators. Nearly three-fourths (73%) of respondents define higher education's value as its ability to "set students up for success in their careers," compared to 23% who say it is "to broaden the perspectives of students and make them better informed citizens." The majority of administrators said the government should withhold federal funds from institutions in several scenarios, including if their graduation rates fall below 15% (72% of respondents); if they don't spend at least one-third of tuition revenue on instruction (67%); and if their graduates don't earn more than they would have with solely a high school degree (56%).

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