ERIC Number: EJ851137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
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Assumptions Commonly Underlying Government Quality Assessment Practices
Schmidtlein, Frank A.
Tertiary Education and Management, v10 n4 p263-285 Dec 2004
The current interest in governmental assessment and accountability practices appears to result from:(1) an emerging view of higher education as an "industry"; (2) concerns about efficient resource allocation; (3) a lack of trust ade between government institutional officials; (4) a desire to reduce uncertainty in government/higher education relationships; (5) lack of confidence in institutional governance. Based on these concerns, governments increasingly are engaging in data-based quality assessment processes. These processes appear to assume that: (1) faculty and administrators know how to improve quality but fail to do so; (2) government officials can assure the public interest in quality; (3) measures of quality can be identified and agreed upon; (4) improving quality requires strong bureaucratic coordination and control; (5) information systems can provide the evidence government officials need to address quality concerns. An examination of literature on organisation decision processes suggest these assumptions are inaccurate.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Governance, Information Systems, Resource Allocation, Evaluation Methods, Educational Principles, Measurement, Government School Relationship, Government Role, Evaluation Problems, Educational Policy, Educational Environment, Accountability, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Characteristics, Educational Quality, Data, Decision Making
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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