Practise what you preach

“Writing in 1963, Sir Eric Ashby, then master of Clare College, Cambridge, observed that ‘all over the country, these groups of scholars, who would not make a decision about the shape of a leaf or the derivation of a word … without painstakingly assembling the evidence, make decisions about admission policy, size of universities, staff-student ratios, content of courses and similar issues based on dubious assumptions, scrappy data and mere hunch’. As a profession, higher education is not alone in avoiding self-analysis, but because its raison d’etre is, in large part, to help others forge an evidence-based path, such inadequacy would seem to be particularly incongruous …” (more)

[John Gill, THE, 8 January]

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