Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Halt the avalanche of performance metrics

Halt the avalanche of performance metrics
 The leaders of major universities around the world used to maintain a healthy scepticism towards league tables and the metrics that underpin them. But now, officials at institutions that do well in such assessments — partly on merit, and partly because they use the English language or have other historical advantages — are becoming beguiled with quantitative measures to rate the performance of academic staff. People who care about genuine quality in research and teaching need to resist that shift.

So argues  Colin Macilwain. in Nature (500) (7462)

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