05 mars 2016

Can Universities Judge Themselves?

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. One of the more difficult problems to unravel in the world of higher education is the fact that universities are responsible both for delivering teaching and judging whether or not a student has learned enough to get a degree.  To most reasonable minds, this is a conflict of interest.  Indeed, this is the conflict that makes universities unreformable: as long as universities have a monopoly on judging their own quality, no one external to the system (students, governments) can make realistic comparisons between institutions, or can push for improvements. More...

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False Charges of Austerity

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. A few weeks ago, Jamie Brownlee (who I believe is a graduate student at Carleton University) published a piece in Academic Matters (available here) in which he developed a two-part notion.  First, he argued that universities had become “corporatized”, and second, he believes that governments played a big role in this by de-funding universities through austerity. More...

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“Corporate, Neo-liberal Universities”

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. The main problem with examining this claim is that the word “corporatization” – much like the term “neoliberal” – can mean pretty much anything one wants it to mean.  I went and checked Brownlee’s PhD thesis for this (available here); in the course of the first few pages, he offers up a number of quite different definitions, without really remarking either on how different they are, or on their implications. More...

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The Future of Work (and What it Means for Higher Education), Part 2

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. Yesterday we looked at a few of the hypotheses out there about how IT is destroying jobs (particularly: good jobs).  Today we look at how institutions should react to these changes. More...

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The Future of Work (and What it Means for Higher Education), Part 1

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. Back in the 1990s when we were in a recession, Jeremy Rifkin wrote a book called The End of Work, which argued that unemployment would remain high forever because of robots, information technology, yadda yadda, whatever.  Cue the longest peacetime economic expansion of the century. More...

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Tenure and Aboriginal Culture

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. You may or may not have noticed a story in the National Post over the weekend relating to a scholar at the University of British Columbia named Lorna June McCue, who has brought a human rights tribunal case against UBC for denying her tenure. More...

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One In, One Out

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. I had a discussion a few months ago with a government official who was convinced she knew what was wrong with universities.  “They have no discipline,” she said. More...

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Designing a Teaching Excellence Framework: Lessons from other sectors

On Thursday, 25th February 2016, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) publishes Designing a Teaching Excellence Framework: Lessons from other sectorsa paper exploring the experience of ratings in other education and care markets, calling on the Government to heed the lessons from them in developing the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). More...

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Teaching Excellence: a quality foundation

Last week the Executive Director of the Finnish quality agency told a meeting in Glasgow that ‘Britain is shooting its own leg’. She actually meant England, but folks outside the UK don’t get the distinction, and she was talking about the discrediting of a quality assurance system that is widely regarded as the world’s best. More...

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Learning from other sectors: using the right end of the telescope!

I was excited to see the new Hepi paper Designing a Teaching Excellence Framework: Lessons from other sectors. It is a well-written piece on inspections of organisational performance in compulsory education and health care settings. More...

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