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Dimensions of Evaluation in Higher Education: Report of the IHME Study Group on Evaluation in Higher Education

by Urban Dahllof, John Shattock, Michael Staropoli, Andre In't Veld and Roeland Harris Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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During the last 20 years, evaluation in higher education has become a critical issue for academics, administrators and politicians. This is due in large part to the great expansion of higher education systems, the increasing financial constraints in the public sector and the corresponding demand for accountability, and to the general tendency towards decentralization over the past two decades. This book addresses primary issues in evaluation in an international, a national and a long-term perspective. Roeland in't Veld sets the policy frameworks within which the increased emphasis on evaluation must be considered. Michael Shattock analyzes the contribution of universities to society through an historical and contemporary account of their goals and functions. Andre Starpoli assesses the evaluation of research, something which has grown to be a political priority. Urban Dahloff reflects on the low priority given by universities to the evaluation of teaching and provides a critique of the measures that are being used. He also pursued the notion that evaluation of teaching is best carried out through an interactive process-centered approach. John Harris reports a study of ways of comparing higher education in the USA with that of competitor nations. These essays aim to demonstrate that arguments about the nature and techniques of evaluation must entail far broader considerations than those often promoted by policy makers. The specific experiences and strengths of each author have been drawn upon and matched with the corresponding topics of the chapters on the book.

The dynamics of evaluation - threats and opportunities, Roelnd in't Veld; the role of the main actors in higher education, Andre Staropoli; the evaluation of universities' contribution to society, Michael Shattock; evaluation of research, Andre Staropoli; practice and evidence in the evaluation of teaching - an interactive process-centered approach, Urban Dahllof; cross-national comparison and exchange in higher education, John Harris.

Urban Dahllöf is Professor of Education at the University of Uppsala.
John Harris is Assistant to the Provost at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.
Michael Shattock is Registrar of the University of Warwick.
André Staropoli is Secretary General of the Comité Natioanl d'Evaluation, Paris.
Roeland in't Veld is Professor of Public Administration at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.