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Published by Hampton Press, 2010.


This book addresses the on-going push for greater assessment in higher education, within the larger societal context in which a push for accountability and transparency has been rather selectively imposed. Addressing this context is done by means of addressing the specific higher education assessment literature, as well as such topics as unionization in higher education and the increase in “merit pay” schemes that diminish the collective power of union members and radically change the concept of academic freedom on college campuses. It addresses “dead weight” faculty that burden our institutions and drain our resources away from where they could be best spent. But, above all, it addresses the concept of assessment. While the focus of this work is upon assessment in higher education, it hopes to examine that growing phenomenon within the greater context of the larger social framework where assessment is lauded by the masses, but often frowned upon by those who may be the subject of any such assessment.