Richard Hersh, former president of the Colleges, was quoted in the article “Tests are not Just for Kids” in the August 4 New York Times. The article focuses on the debate over student testing to see how well they write, think, and analyze. Hersh said, “We talk about the virtues and values of a higher education, but we don't have much data to show for it. We're not going to change perceptions by more rhetoric.” Hersh is a champion of liberal arts education and assessment. He is a chief proponent of the Value Added Assessment Initiative, a project that aims to evaluate how much students learn in the liberal arts over the course of their college education. A value-added test looks at the difference between what students know when they arrive and what they know when they leave, providing a measure of what the school did or did not teach.