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Mass. never followed through on its own plan to rate college performance

THE GLOBE’S Aug. 24 editorial (“Obama rightly prods higher ed, but beware of flawed ‘scoring’ ”) astutely observes that “a credible system for measuring college quality could force higher-ed chiefs to turn their focus from inputs to outcomes.”

Developing a system of this kind for public higher education in Massachusetts — “a system of student assessment . . . to measure student improvement, between the first and fourth years . . . in order to assess the general performance of higher education institutions in fostering learning and academic growth” — has been required by law since 1991.

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Twenty-two years later, we are still waiting.

Charles C. Nickerson


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