ERIC Number: ED377768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Politics of Assessment of the Professoriate.
Van Patten, James J.
This paper addresses the question of the assessment of faculty job performance at American colleges and universities, examining historical and current trends in faculty evaluation. It reviews the concept of faculty evaluation in the colonial period through the 20th century, focusing on recent efforts to hold faculty more accountable for their job performance. It argues that the current state of assessment and underlying theories for this increased attention to measurement and evaluation of faculty may reflect external and internal jockeying for power. It maintains that student evaluation of faculty has led to a lowered quality of education, and that peer review is ineffective. It concludes that current assessment procedures do not assist in the improvement of instruction and should be replaced by a review of faculty performance through professional organizations. (Contains 17 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern Philosophy of Education Society (Atlanta, GA, February 11-12, 1995).