2 Oct 2017
As a Ph.D. student, I find myself wondering about different topics and my opinions on some active debates in higher education. I am aware that some of my reflections, opinions, self-thoughts, and questions are completely irrelevant. However, I think issues of institutional measurement, especially in higher education is kind of an interesting topic for any Ph.D. student.
I started writing this blog post after reading Ms. Carolina Heider blog on “Why Measurement Matters in Development Financial Institutions.” Caroline Heider is the Director General and Senior Vice President, Evaluation, at the World Bank Group. She noted that “delivering results in a complex dynamic world is difficult” and provided six recommendations on evaluation systems and what it means to monitor and evaluate performance and results. I am particularly interested in her recommendation on market failure and the effectiveness of evaluation systems. See tweet for details at Clarity about market failure and mandate is essential to design an effective evaluation system.
So, after reading and digesting the aforementioned blog post by Ms. Heider blog and a little online research on the topic, I decided to summarise and frame the following two reasons on why measurement matters in higher education:
- Evaluate quality, effectiveness, and monitor progress: educational measurements allow educators to make timely course corrections, test and assess necessary innovations and evaluate results in and out of classrooms – that is, for both students and faculty.
- Performance assessment, validation, and learning review: building a competency-based education system requires an effective measurement and evaluation system. Including methods of transforming findings into lessons that promote best practices and innovation in the ways, universities and colleges derive and apply knowledge to students.
The two charts below are for illustrative purposes ONLY. The chart number 1 – shows educational objectives, outputs, and outcomes. Brain Fleming, 2015. The data source is from Google Search (October 2, 2017: http://www.eduventures.com/2015/04/defining-educational-outcomes.)
The chart number 2 – above is from the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) website at https://ieg.worldbankgroup.org/methodology. I find IEG’s methodology and framework for institutional evaluation relevant in higher education.
I would borrow some of Ms. Heider ideas and conclude that knowing what to evaluate and assess, and how much measurement, evaluation, and learning is needed is what is necessary to achieve results.