Taking Responsibility for Student Learning.
Taking Responsibility for Student Learning
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The Learning Resources for this week highlight a variety of demands that are being placed on institutions to take more responsibility for their students’ learning.
What are colleges and universities being asked to do to meet accountability demands?
What are the potential benefits to institutions and their stakeholders who strive to meet these demands? What difficulties are they likely to encounter?
What is likely to happen if institutions are unable or unwilling to meet these demands?
Accountability for Student Learning
College and universities are being asked to re-model their approach from being institutions of missions and visions only to the current business model entities with greater emphasis on the bottom line. Additionally, the institutions are being pressurized towards accommodating partnerships between business entities, academies, and parties within all levels of education. Ultimately the higher –learning institutions have been challenged to execute in-depth market research, which will function to identify the interest not being served after enablement of market forces to perform in higher learning (Smith & Benavot, 2019). Also, the institutions’ are being asked to structure an informed democratic voice that will enable stakeholders in the educational sector to participate in planning, evaluation, and enactment of quality services.
Accountability in learning entities within higher education will assist in protecting the misuse of public funds and foster an organized pursuit of the educational goals by the institution administrators. Also, the stakeholders will benefit from a coordinated system of learning, which will transform into highly qualified graduates (Smith & Benavot, 2019). The concerned parties are likely to meet challenges revolving around enrollment policy, performance among the staff members, standards of quality assurance, and problematic approach in governance and management issues.
Once a learning institution is unable to meet the demands set aside for accountability, they are likely to miss on the attainment of the unifying factor of education. Notably, they might also miss on essential finances by the state government based on questioning regarding their quality and responsibility in performing their duty (Smith & Benavot, 2019). Arguably they might not realize a unified approach between staff members and the administrators in some higher learning institutions.
Smith, W., & Benavot, A. (2019). Improving accountability in education: the importance of structured democratic voice. Asia Pacific Education Review, 20(2), 193-205. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12564-019-09599-9