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“You can’t measure what we teach.”

Inside Higher Ed – Dec. 4, 2008

“You can’t measure what we teach.”

“The results [of what our students gain in the classroom] won’t be known for 10 years.”

“You’re just going to use the information to evaluate us.”

Those are just a few of the responses that Orin L. Grossman, academic vice president at Fairfield University, said he has heard from faculty members — especially in the humanities — who resist the notion that they and their colleges must find ways to measure how, and how much, their students learn in the classroom. “Their view tends to be that we should simply trust the faculty, and that the role of the administration is to keep scrutiny of them at arm’s length,” Grossman said.

His comments came Wednesday during a session on assessing student outcomes in the humanities at the annual meeting of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the regional accrediting agency for that part of the country. The meeting took place in Boston.

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