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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Five Missouri institutions are taking part in an international study designed to measure what college students know after completing their degrees.

The study involves 150 schools in 16 countries. Participating universities in Missouri are Central Methodist, Missouri State, Truman State, Central Missouri and Webster.

As part the study, the universities are to administer tests that measure generic skills, such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem-solving and written communication.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education says the study is intended to determine whether it’s feasible to compare the success of students across national borders. It says the goal isn’t to rank schools, but to develop an assessment test that gets around cultural biases and provides a common measuring stick.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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