Really? Another Standardized Test for College Graduates? Really!

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute Last month, Time Magazine and Minnesota Public Radio both interviewed me about the use of the Collegiate Learning Assessment PLUS (CLA+) as a measure of “workforce readiness.” For the uninitiated, the CLA+ is a reuse of the “College Learning Assessment,” created by Rand Corporation with support of several large philanthropies back in the 2000s. … Continue reading Really? Another Standardized Test for College Graduates? Really!

My College Orientation

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute About a month ago, I was privileged to participate in the annual “college orientation” indoctrination process at a major public institution. My middle son is off to college in a few weeks, and, for our part, we were to visit the institution, he was to stay over the night, and I was to hang … Continue reading My College Orientation

Why We May Not be the Envy of the World

 By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy  Institute/EPI International Earlier this week, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria wrote a piece in Time Magazine (also in a segment on CNN) titled The Thin Envelope Crisis about US Higher education with consideration of the letters that are currently going out to over one million students regarding their acceptance or rejection. As Zakaria says, “For all the problems with … Continue reading Why We May Not be the Envy of the World

The Problem with Quebec

By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute Two days ago, Quebec Deputy Premier Line Beauchamp vacated her position in the Quebec government over the tuition increase impasse between the provincial government and the student union. Apparently, the student union has won, which is too bad because they couldn’t be more wrong. Several months ago, the liberal government, headed by Premier Jean Charest, … Continue reading The Problem with Quebec

The “Not-So-Common” Common App

By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute/EPI International For students who are planning on going to college or university, a major complaint is the complexity of the application process. Beyond being academically prepared, going to college requires that several steps be taken in order to be considered for acceptance. This, of course, gets more complicated if you want to apply to several … Continue reading The “Not-So-Common” Common App