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Hersh Featured in Washington Post

Former Colleges President Richard Hersh and the Colleges were featured in the Oct. 2004 Atlantic Monthly, in the article “Measure by Measure.” According to the article, when Hersh was president at the Colleges he proposed to the Annapolis Group, an organization of liberal arts colleges, that the group stop supplying U.S. News & World Report with data for the magazine's rankings of “America's Best Colleges,” on the premise that the rankings measure how selective a school is rather than how good an education it offers. After leaving the Colleges, Hersh continued to question how colleges could truly measure how much their students learned.

The followup article to “Measure by Measure” was published in the Sept. 21 Washington Post, titled “How to Measure What You Learned in College.” This article discusses a three-hour test called the Collegiate Learning Assessment, which was developed by Hersh and Roger Benjamin, president of the Rand Corp.'s Council for Aid to Education (CAE).