Colleges Should Go Beyond the Rhetoric of Accountability

A growing chorus of critics — legislators, governors, alumni, students, parents, trustees, and others — is pressuring colleges to increase "accountability" and "transparency." The critics want colleges to measure whether they are actually achieving their core missions, especially educating undergraduates, and to give people the facts about what they find.

As a member of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, known as the Spellings Commission, which