What will it take to improve the quality of instruction in higher education? An important first step is the ability to measure quality. A variety of measurement systems exist, but how informative are they, and how can we bring greater coherence to instructional measurement in higher education?
Recently, we, along with the Spencer Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sponsored a convening of experts on education and the learning sciences to address these questions and to guide possible future initiatives.
This summary of the convening examines incentive structures in colleges and universities, looks at the goals toward which instructional measurement can be directed, describes past and current research on instructional measurement, and outlines potential future initiatives.