Counting Out The Scholars: The Case Against Performance Indicators in Higher Education

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Canada's universities have lost their autonomy. Under the guise of accountability, reformers from government and large corporations have undermined the original purposes of these institutions, insisting that they operate according to a business model.

The chief tool used to effect this change is the performance indicator, a method of evaluation and ranking well suited to measuring sales per square foot, for example, but useless in assessing qualities such as critical thinking, creativity and wisdom. Evaluating use of performance indicators in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand, the authors challenge readers to look beyond this narrow, business-based measure of value, and to consider more creative and effective methods of evaluation.

Counting Out the Scholars is a penetrating analysis of current methods of performance evaluation in the university, one that offers alternatives to the prevailing orthodoxy.
 

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Contents

The Surprisingly Colourful History of Performance Indicators
9
Good Sense Statistics at War
45
Assessment Without End Amen
75
NeoConservative Laboratory
119
The United States or Back to the Future with Pis
145
Canadian Pis from West to East
173
Toward a New Accountabiity
215
Bibliography
255
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About the author (2002)

WILLIAM BRUNEAU teaches in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is a specialist in university history and post-Confederation Canada.

DONALD C. SAVAGE is a consultant in higher education, Former Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and an adjunct professor of history at Concordia University in Montreal.

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