The OBE debate has raised four issues that are crucial for contemporary education policy:

  • how to judge quality In education,

  • how to define outcomes,

  • the Aquarian fallacy on the left, and

  • the nostalgist fallacy on the right.

Fortunately, despite the complexity of the issue, there is a policy strategy that can support establishment of legitimate academic standards while avoiding the pitfalls of transformational OBE. After discussing the issues that currently impede a solution, I will outline this approach.