Speaking of data-driven university makeovers, I missed this chilling joint statement from three big associations of higher-ed number-crunchers:
We strongly believe that using data to better understand our students and our own operations paves the way to developing new, innovative approaches for improved student recruiting, better student outcomes, greater institutional efficiency and cost-containment, and much more. Data are an institutional strategic asset and should be used as such.
These groups, along with the accreditors and foundations like Lumina and Gates, make up what is–full-stop–an assessment lobby. They’ve already transformed American universities in the McKinsey mold.