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  •  "Assessment" is a word that I am quite sick (3+ / 0-)
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    of hearing, as it indicates for me a host of useless current practices in higher-ed, the results of which are little more than meaningless data for administrators to fluff their institutions, pointless expenditures of faculty time and big dollars headed to third-party so-called specialist contractors.

    Of course we should and do constantly assess our methods, our curricula, et cetera, as individuals, departments, programs, schools and institutions. But "assessment" now covers a complex of flawed practices producing hollow data. It's a term of administrative CYA rather than useful evaluation.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:22:15 AM PDT

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    •  So reclaim the word and make those who abuse it (1+ / 0-)
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      define it in real and meaningful terms.

      Refuse the abuse.

      It's good word. I won't let idiots mangle it beyond all recognition. Fight for it.

      "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

      by Unduna on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:26:07 AM PDT

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    •  Like how I refuse to let Republicans define (1+ / 0-)
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      "family," and "values," and "patriot."

      It's a hard slog, but those words mean something real and Republicans are just abusing them for their own purposes. We have to reclaim those words, we must defend language.

      "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

      by Unduna on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:28:40 AM PDT

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