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Good Sense & Statistics at War

From: Counting Out The Scholars

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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 "flexible" in face of market demand? [3] Are benchmarks a way to assure quality education, or just a way to make it cheap, technically proficient, and materially productive? [4] Are Pis a way of making post-secondary education more completely accountable, and if so, accountable to whom? [5] Do Pis satisfy Canadians’ need to know in detail what is happening in Canadian public post-secondary education? [6] How do Pis contribute to the larger phenomenon of "managerialism" ? [7] Must Pis always serve to justify (or to hide) cuts and cost-cutting? What does this mean for the quality of higher education wherever Pis become popular?

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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.