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Counting Out The Scholars

The Case Against Performance Indicators in Higher Education

Canada’s universities have lost their autonomy. Under the guise of accountability, reformers from government and large corporations have undermined the original purposes of these institutions, insisting that they operate according to a business model.

The chief tool used to effect this change is the performance indicator, a method of evaluation and ranking well suited to measuring sales per square foot, for example, but useless in assessing qualities such as critical thinking, creativity and wisdom. Evaluating use of performance indicators in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand, the authors challenge readers to look beyond this narrow, business-based measure of value, and to consider more creative and effective methods of evaluation.

Counting Out the Scholars is a penetrating analysis of current methods of performance evaluation in the university, one that offers alternatives to the prevailing orthodoxy.


William Bruneau

WILLIAM BRUNEAU teaches in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is a specialist in university history and post-Confederation Canada

Donald C. Savage

DONALD C. SAVAGE is a consultant in higher education, Former Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and an adjunct professor of history at Concordia University in Montreal.

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Defines Performance Indicators as they relate to universities and describes the effect these have had on the nature of universities, concludes that the effect is negative. Outlines arguments that … ; 6 $0.60


Looks at the historical background that led to the use of Pis and splits this into five phases: I: Nineteenth Century Origins, II: The Cult of Efficiency & Taylorism, III: Behaviourist Social … ; 35 $3.50


Outlines seven extended arguments about Pis: [1] Can Pis help build public post-secondary education? [2] Could and should Pis help make post-secondary education more "nimble" and … ; 27 $2.70


Case Study of the United Kingdom and Performance Indicators in high educational institutions there ; 43 $4.30


Case Study of the New Zealand and Performance Indicators in high educational institutions there ; 26 $2.60


Case Study of the United States and Performance Indicators in high educational institutions there ; 26 $2.60


The problems of Pis manifested in Canada ; 42 $4.20


we make practical recommendations for ways in which academics and other members of the public may deal with Pis. show alternatives to Pis, demonstrate how readily one could construct them, and … ; 27 $2.70


To be included with each chapter ; 14 $1.40