Self evaluation in complex organizations – including universities

Saville Kushner

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Posted by: Jane Davidson

What are complex organizations doing right when it comes to evaluation, and where are they missing opportunities to apply their own best practices in other areas?

Saville Kushner keynoting at AES 2013

There is much that universities (and other organizations) do right, particularly in some of their intradisciplinary

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The Friday Funny: Challenge, pressure, and performance

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[Oops, we both posted a Friday Funny this week, from opposite ends of the earth! Enjoy!]

It’s been back to school or college for many young people all over the world – or soon will be.

One major concern no matter where you are is how academic achievement is going to be evaluated, what

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The Friday Funny: ‘No value-free’ in college course evaluation forms

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Given our topic for this week – no value-free – and one of the posts highlighting the challenges of doing truly evaluative work in a university setting, here’s a classic posted on EVALTALK back in 1997 by Roy Pardee.

Pic from Madison Area College

It shows that evaluative terms can most certainly be

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Pushing sand uphill with a pointy stick? ‘No value-free’ in higher ed evaluation

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There’s a unique and extremely challenging barrier to singing the ‘no value-free’ parts of the genuine evaluation song in a higher education (a.k.a. tertiary education) setting.

And that’s what Michael Scriven calls the value-free doctrine.

Last week I delivered the opening keynote at the Self Assessment for Quality conference for tertiary (=higher) education organizations

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