Post-Collegiate Outcomes Initiative

Teri Lyn Hinds, Kent Phillippe, American Association of Community Colleges, Jan 09, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It seems a bit odd that the Gates Foundation is funding this project looking at redefining the outcomes of post-secondary education. After all, isn't that what a government would normally look at, as it assesses funding priorities? But then again, maybe it's not so odd, when we look at this background document. Instead of 'social' outcomes, such as 'better health' or 'quality of life', as described by the Institute for Higher Education Policy in 1998, we now get 'human capital' outcomes, such as 'career advancement'. Now this is just a very early document, but really, could we at least try to pretend to care about social outcomes? There's coverage of the PCO initiative in both the Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed.

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