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President Anderson talks to U.S. News about measuring outcomes

DavidAnderson250x350“If you have information that can help your students make the choice that is right for them, why wouldn’t you give it to them?” St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson ’74 asks in a new piece published in U.S. News & World Report.

The piece, written by Daniel Greenstein, the director of Education for Postsecondary Success at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, argues that colleges and universities need to do a better job of measuring student success and making that information readily available.

And St. Olaf is already doing just that, Greenstein points out.

The college publishes an annual report on the activities of recent graduates as part of its Outcomes initiative, which aims to clearly outline the return on investing in a St. Olaf education.

The Outcomes initiative has garnered the attention of USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Hechinger Report, among others.