I am part of the co-operative (or "co-op") education world, an increasingly sought-out solution in higher education to transition students to the workplace. In it, students alternate between the classroom and the workplace.
It is this practical learning model applied in the "real world" that can measure what students are receiving from a school.
President Obama outlined several such ways in his announcement of a new higher education plan last month.
What is missing in the current discussion is a focus on the wealth of opportunities the co-op initiative can offer — a method that would brings improvements both Republicans and Democrats see as necessary.