US foundation releases framework for measuring student learning

January 26, 2011

On Tuesday, Indiana-based Lumina Foundation for Education unveiled a suggested national framework for defining the knowledge and skills students need to acquire before earning an associate degree, a bachelor's degree, and a master's degree. Called the Degree Qualifications Profile, the framework outlines reference points for what students should be learning and demonstrating at each degree level in 5 areas: broad, integrative knowledge; specialized knowledge; intellectual skills; applied learning; and civic learning. Lumina plans to test and refine the framework, experimenting with it in various settings. Lumina Foundation for Education News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the framework