States that would like to have similar information to guide their higher education policy can replicate the project's methods, which are described in detail in the full report, Measuring Up on College-Level Learning (available at http://www.highereducation.org/reports/mu_learning/index.shtml). Once they have assembled the data, policymakers should:

convene policy and higher education leaders to discuss the findings, identify challenges, and target state policies and resources that could help address them; and
encourage institutions to use their results to benchmark their performance and enrich their campus-based assessment programs.

Margaret A. Miller, project director of the National Forum on College-Level Learning, is director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and editor of Change magazine.


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