From where I sit – Measuring the unmeasurable

USA“Assessment and impact: these are the new watchwords in higher education. We have assessment indicators in the social sciences, the physical sciences and our business and law schools, which ask: ‘What does this research do? What footprint does it leave? Are its benefits worth the costs?’ Alas, the humanities do not respond well to these questions. One might as well ask the business and finance ends of campus what they contribute to the aesthetic richness of our lives – but, oddly, no one ever does …” (more)

[Michael Bérubé, Times Higher Education, 30 July]

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