Lessons on Assessing Academic Quality in the Wake of COVID-19

Posted by The Evolllution on July 20, 2021

Despite many higher education administrators judging the courses their schools offer to be of the highest academic quality, they are often not considering the student experience, which needs to be at the forefront to ensure relevance in the future of academia.

Released at the end of April, the 2021 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers, published by Inside Higher Ed and Hanover Research, reveals that provosts and other chief academic officers report high levels of confidence in the academic quality of the courses offered by their institutions last fall, following the move to remote and online learning. These affirmations of excellence were accompanied by announcements of intention to offer more hybrid and online courses, even after the pandemic ends. Yet, it is not clear how chief academic officers arrived at their conclusions regarding the quality of the student experience.

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