Topic: Data

We all put too much emphasis on test scores

We live in testing times. We also live in a time of globalization, immigration and the internationalization of schools and universities around the world. Our current obsession with school accountability and student learning outcomes has resulted in the increased use and abuse of test scores — in particular language test scores.

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Unintended consequences: The use of metrics in higher education

By Gavin Moodie

Metrics are used throughout Ontario’s postsecondary education system—for determining university funding, judging institutional performance, and gauging student perceptions. But metrics are not […]

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Is there a metric to evaluate tenure?

By Tim Sibbald and Victoria Handford

How much can data meaningfully inform decisions about tenure? If data only tell part of the story, perhaps faculty should be evaluated […]

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The abuses and perverse effects of quantitative evaluation in the academy

By Yves Gingras

The world of academic research is scored according to so-called “objective” measures, with an emphasis on publications and citations. But the very […]

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Dérives et effets pervers de l’évaluation quantitative de la recherche

By Yves Gingras

Les professeurs et les chercheurs universitaires sont de plus en plus évalués à l’aide de mesures dites « objectives », qui mettent […]

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Collecting data from students with students

By Ruth Childs

Gathering data on university students can provide important information about how they interact with the postsecondary education system, but it is also […]

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Understanding the United Kingdom’s Teaching Excellence Framework and its implications

By Rob Copeland

The UK’s new metrics-based teaching evaluation framework is methodologically and politically flawed. What will this mean for the country’s universities and faculty? […]

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Congress 2015: The Canadian higher education data problem

Every year at the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education (CSSHE) meeting, you can count on someone – or a lot […]

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HEQCO distorts faculty teaching loads: News media play along

By Dr. James Winter

In March, 2014, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), published a study purporting to show that Ontario professors only teach […]

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Canada’s universities and the loss of UCASS data: Scrambling for an alternative

By Felice Martinello

UCASS was an invaluable tool for collective bargaining and research into universities. Now that Statistics Canada has cancelled the dataset, faculty and administrators will need to find a trustworthy replacement.

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