Educators have proposed a way to evaluate student learning as an alternative to traditional standardized tests. Measuring a student’s abilities when they graduate with an academic degree is difficult. Measuring that student against students from other institutions with the same degree complicates the results. The initiative — called the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate…

Student debt has grown to $1.3 trillion nationally in the U.S., according to the Center for Microeconomic Data. Seven in 10 seniors (68 percent) who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2015 had student loan debt. Each averaged $30,100, according to the Institute for College Access and Success. But one-third of college graduates leave school…