Evaluating Faculty Performance


A tough cookie – this book apparently offers some thoughts for leaders in their process of evaluating productivity of faculty. Offers critique of uses of big data to measure the output of professors and institutions, arguing that technique is equivalent to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Read the IHE article and book review here.


Higher Education in China

A Stanford scholar says that China's education system is strong in many ways, but shows weaknesses at the college level.

A Stanford scholar says that China’s education system is strong in many ways, but shows weaknesses at the college level. Freeman Spogli Institute research fellow Prashant Loyalka says that more incentives focused on faculty pay and student study could boost China’s higher education institutions.

Read the article here.

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Pressure to Spend More on Poor Students

A new report suggests wealthy institutions (in this study, those with over $500m in endowment assets) should spend more from their endowments to help low-income students, but many campus critics say it’s not so simple.

I wonder who else is to gain from these assets…

Glimpse Inside the Coffers makes a strong argument, that despite what some leaders at wealthy institutions may say, dedicating more endowment assets toward supporting low-income students is sorely needed and is doable. And in some instances, increasing endowment spending by just a small fraction of a percentage point would generate enough revenue to enroll many more low-income students and reduce the price these students pay.

Read the IHE article here.


What is the value of one of life’s biggest decisions?

Screenshot 2016-06-17 13.38.50Chronicle of Higher Education has just published this report on how academic leaders are facing a continuously changing state of admissions and how is the value of higher education calculated. It looks at emerging trends in incoming classes, demographics and marketing, and other enrollment issues and how institutions are dealing with what’s next for the current high-cost, high-discount model of higher education. Teaching is discussed.