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Mismeasuring college

Holding higher education accountable is a hot topic. The Obama administration has announced several programs, including the higher education version of Race to the Top, that call for colleges and universities to demonstrate positive outcomes, measured mostly by student retention and graduation rates. This month the University of Minnesota's President Eric Kaler proposed to the Board of Regents that the University's 2013 legislative funding request include a performance incentive pool with 5-year graduation rates as one of the criteria.

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