Assessment for Whom: Repositioning Higher Education Assessment as an Ethical and Value-Focused Social Practice

Andrew F. Wall, David Hursh, and Joseph W. Rodgers III   |    Volume Nine  |    Email Article Download Article

It is often argued that as “consumers” of higher education, students, parents and leaders need objective, comparative information generated through systematized assessment. In response, we critique this trend toward reductionist, comparative, and ostensibly objective assessments in the United States. We describe how management has replaced democratic selfgovernance in higher education, and connect current managerial leadership with the use of assessment as a tool in furthering market based educational aims. Lastly, we provide an alternative view of assessment as an ethical, value concerned social practice that creates space for dialogue about how higher education contributes to learning toward the public good.

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