1. Last week, Arnold Kling proposed an independent college grading service he calls "A Means A":
"A Means A solves the problem of credibility and comparability of grades in courses taught at different institutions of higher education. The innovation is to separate the grading process from other aspects of higher education. For any college-level course, A Means A will devise an appropriate exam and use independent professionals to grade the exam, according to transparent, standard criteria."
"The best way to eliminate grade inflation is to take professors out of the grading process: Replace them with professional evaluators who never meet the students, and who don't worry that students will punish harsh grades with poor reviews. That's the argument made by leaders of Western Governors University, which has hired 300 adjunct professors who do nothing but grade student work."
3. Tim Worstall writes at Forbes.com that Arnold Kling's college grading model already exists at the University of London:
2. Today's Chronicle of Higher Education
reports that Western Governors University in Utah is employing independent evaluators to grade students' work:
"No one “goes to” the University of London. You go to King’s College, the London School of Economics, the University College London, Queen Mary, etc. But everyone’s degree is one from the University of London: because that university exists exactly and precisely to provide the accreditation, the standards, for the component colleges."
4. Alex Tabarrok writes about "The Coming Education Revolution
" and highlights an upcoming online class on Artificial Intelligence
that will be offered for free
this fall at Stanford University, as one example of how the education market is moving towards superstar teachers who teach thousands of students online. Alex predicts:
"For superstars and strong researchers, life in the ivory tower remains good. But for most teachers the cushy life is gone; tenure is just a dream for a majority of university teachers, salaries are low and teaching requirements have risen."