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Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education: Quality Measurement, Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance

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Recommended Readings

Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy: JSGS 854 - Higher Education Policy

David Cameron. 1991. More Than an Academic Question: Universities, Governments and Public Policy in Canada. Halifax: IRPP, chs.1, 6, and 10.

Simon Marginson and Marijk van der Wendt. 2007. “To Rank or be Ranked: The Impact of Global Rankings in Higher Education” Journal of Studies in International Education 11 (3/4): 304‐329.

William Bruneau and Donald C. Savage. 2002. Counting Out the Scholars: The Case Against Performance Indicators in Higher Education. Toronto: Lorimer, chs. 2 and 7.

Glen Jones, Teresa Shanahan and Paul Goyan. 2001 “University Governance in Canadian Higher Education,” Tertiary Education and Management 7: 135‐148.

Paul Hare. 2003. “The United Kingdom’s Research Assessment Exercise: Impact on Institutions, Departments, Individuals,” Higher Education Management and Policy 15: 43‐62.Paul Axelrod. 2002. Values in Conflict: The University, the Marketplace, and the Trials of Liberal Education. Montreal: McGill‐Queen’s University Press, ch. 4.

Carleton University: PADM 5227 - Higher Education and Society 

Clark, I.D., G. Moran, M.L. Skolnick and D. Trick. Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario. Kingston/Montreal: Queen’s Policy Studies Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009. For additional background on the book, see the website

Harvard Kennedy School: SUP 442 - Tackling the Toughest Challenges in Modern American Higher Education

David Kirp. Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line. Harvard University Presss. 2004. 

Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. Limited Learning on College Campuses. 2011. University of Chicago Press. 

Sarah E. Turner. "Measuring College Success: Evidence and Policy Challenges." Chapter in College Success: What It Means and How to Make it Happen." Edited by Michael McPherson and Morton Schapiro. The College Board. 2008.

Leonard Springer, Mary Elizabeth Stanne, and Samuel Donovan. "Measuring the Success of Small Group Learning in College-Level SMET teaching: A Meta-Analysis. In documents distributed by The National Research Council, 2007.

Additional Readings Suggested by the Atlas Editors

Ian D. Clark, Who is Pressing for Metrics on Scholarly Output?" Slides for the University of Ottawa Workshop on Rankings in the Social Sciences and Humanities, September 24, 2013.

Ian D. Clark, "A new process for assessing and funding research performance in universities," A submission to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in response to the invitation in the paper, Strengthening Ontario’s Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge, July 30, 2012.


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