Tuesday, October 11, 2016

As Concerns Grow About Using Data to Measure Faculty, a Company Changes Its Message

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Paul Basken
October 11, 2016

Just a few years ago, Academic Analytics, an upstart company providing data on faculty productivity, talked of helping cash-strapped universities save as much as $2 billion by identifying their lowest-performing professors.

At many universities, "an awful lot of the scholarly work is being carried by a relatively small proportion of all of the people," said a company founder, Lawrence B. Martin, back in 2013. The value of stanching such waste could be "staggering," Mr. Martin said.

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