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ERIC Number: EJ972854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1609
Quantification, Risk, and the Rhetoric of Higher Education Management
Dale, Leigh
Higher Education Review, v44 n3 p5-26 2012
This essay is a contribution to the literature of critique of higher education policy and management. It offers a general discussion of problems arising from the proliferation of mechanisms of audit and quality assurance within the context of concerns about dependence on quantitative measures of values. It argues that uncritical dependence on quantification not only masks but exacerbates problems in higher education. The essay understands quantification as an attempt to deal with anxiety, an anxiety charged by the declining position of western economies, and as a reflection of panicked attempts to respond to the demands of students as consumers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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