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Counting Out The Scholars

The Case Against Performance Indicators in Higher Education

By William Bruneau and Donald C. Savage

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Series: Canadian Association of University Teachers

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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.

1 Running With Hands Tied: How PIs Drag Universities and Colleges Down
2 The Long March to Market Control
3 Enter Gradgrind, Exit Quality: PIs in the UK
4 New Zealand, Neo-Conservative Laboratory
5 Toward the Mirage: The American Pilgrimage to PIs
6 PIs in Alberta: "Measuring Up" or Counting Down?
7 British Columbia: PIs, Privatisation, and Control by Number
8 Experiments in Ontario: PIs and Common Sense
9 Quebec: A New Convert
10 Toward a New Accountability
11 Recovering from PIs: Advice for the Patient

"This book is long overdue, and essential reading for all stakeholders in higher education."

- University of Toronto Quarterly

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 200 pages
Publication Date: 7th March 2002
ISBN: 9781550287110
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text, 200 pages
Publication Date: 26th September 2012
ISBN: 9781552779330
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  EDU015000, EDU029000
Imprint: Lorimer


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