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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Productivity Hurdle

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education this week takes up the continuing issue of faculty productivity, especially as it bears upon research/teaching equations.  The central character is Lawence Martin, who runs an academic data organization named Academic Analytics that offers universities programs to document the labor faculty perform.  Here’s Martin’s central offer: “If […]

Wasteful Productivity

When humanities departments at research universities report the productivity of their faculty members, they point first not to the number of undergraduates enrolled in their classes, not to the amount of knowledge and level of skills those students attain, not to the external funding professors garner.  No, they tally publications.  Productivity is measured by books […]

The Excellence Problem

As reformers and watchdog groups press colleges and universities for more rigor in and out of the classroom and stronger learning outcomes, they should keep in mind all the forces conspiring against those circumstances.  I don’t mean the drawbacks of any bureaucracy as it grows and grows, but the specific parties and their interests.  The […]