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ERIC Number: EJ1082004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
The Confidence Game in Honors Admissions and Retention
Guzy, Annmarie
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v14 n2 p41-45 Fall-Win 2013
Annmarie Guzy, an expert with almost three decades of experience in post-secondary honors education, responds to Jerry Herron's essay, "Notes toward an Excellent Marxist-Elitist Honors Admissions Policy," which argues that "a well-conceived admissions policy tells us much more than whom to recruit; it becomes the basis for a quantitative defense of what we do with data and puts a convincing dollar value on the good evangel of excellence." Annmarie Guzy is skeptical about administration's increasing overreliance upon quantitative data to the exclusion of all other assessment measures. In this essay, she addresses whether numbers effect authentic, productive change in institutional and educational practices, or if instruments are merely rotated or existing ones revised until the desired results are achieved. Administration may be satisfied with attractive numbers that they can sell to their constituencies, but educators with their boots on the ground in the classrooms need something a little more substantial to guide honors students to successful program completion. As a faculty member, the author sees the results as simply a way to satisfy administration rather than as any true reflection of instructional quality or student performance. [For "Notes toward an Excellent Marxist-Elitist Honors Admissions Policy," see EJ1081987.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama
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