Comment on FR Doc # N/A


I have little confidence that a single set of measures, metrics or ratings can validly or productively assess the diversity of institutions of higher education, or adequately assist the diversity of needs they serve among diverse populations. This is especially true of colleges of art and design. The Department of Education has heretofore been unable or unwilling to account for the range of professions these schools service, which include but are not limited to product design, automotive design, advertising, animation, game design, fashion design, media special effects, graphic novel writing, K-12 and college teaching, inventing and on and on. Our college has existed since 1882 as a private, non-profit institution, and our graduates designed everything from the Tiffany lamps of the 19th Century, to inventing the cab-over-engine truck, designing the first Mustang, Corvette and Thunderbird, the Crossfire and the Genesis, hold the patents on products such as the Dirt Devil, the spin brush and the Swiffer, designed the Moen fixtures in your home and all the lawn mowers from Sears and Cub Cadet that you ride. Yet none of these professions are reflected in the Department of Education lists of jobs available to students of art and design. And up to now, the DOE has shown no interest in correcting these omissions. If the professions available to this cohort of students cannot be accurately reflected in a simple list of professions, how can we who are presidents of art and design colleges trust fair and accurate representation in a one size fits all metric. We are fully prepared to provide transparency: it is our ethical obligation. We provide our completion rates, employment rates, professions held and salary earned by our graduates. Efforts such as NAICU's U-CAN initiative has been an effort to respond to policy makers' concerns in a way that gives the consumer the ability to search through a diversity of options without being so vague or so detailed as to misrepresent or baffle. I would suggest that it is a more fruitful approach , with far fewer unintended consequences, than the one-size-fits-all metric described up to now.
Comment Period Closed
Jan 31 2014, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: ED-2013-IES-0151-0007
Tracking Number: 1jy-89r8-o268

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Date Posted: Feb 6, 2014
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Submitter Name: Grafton Nunes
City: Cleveland
Country: United States
State or Province: OH
Organization Name: The Cleveland Institute of Art
Submitter's Representative: Grafton Nunes
Category: College President