President Krendl joins with more than 100 college and
university presidents committed to evidence-based
improvement of student learning
May 15, 2012
Westerville, OH—Otterbein University is proud to join the Presidents’ Alliance for Excellence in Student Learning and Accountability, a group of more than 100 college and university presidents taking the lead in ensuring that college degrees reflect a high level of student achievement.
“With growing national attention on college costs and quantities of degrees awarded, U.S. higher education must refocus the dialogue on quality,” said President Krendl. “The surest path to doing so is for every college and university to assess student learning, use the results to fine-tune and improve student learning and publicly report their efforts every step of the way.”
Presidents’ Alliance members are leading their institutions—and the higher education community—in integrating evidence-based improvement of student learning into their institutional culture. Otterbein has established a year-long Action Plan with specific goals to significantly improve assessment of, and accountability for, student learning outcomes on our campus and for our students. The improvement goals follow the guidelines set forth in Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education, a publication by the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability that provides a roadmap for discussing educational quality and taking action to improve it. Committing to Quality asks colleges and universities to set goals for student achievement, gather evidence of performance against those goals, use the evidence to make improvements, and publicly report on their efforts and findings.
Otterbein’s focus on quality will bring together President Krendl, faculty, administrators and students to demonstrate and improve student learning. This collective effort will help the University ensure that its degrees reflect a high level of student achievement and that its students are prepared for work, life and citizenship.