5.27.2008

Go forth, performance metrics

Guess what business this is talking about:

"Establish tangible performance metrics for each of the unit leaders and hold them accountable for results."
Right! It could be any business! It's b-school gobbeldygook!

But what makes it doubly rank is that it's talking about the UC system. What on earth is a "performance metric," in that context? I don't mean to be all Emersonian here (see this to get an example of what I'm talking about), but surely, in some sense, education is an obligation, not an output.

In fact the way we hang the public universities out to dry these days is one of the many evidences that we have no civic spirit -- and that is what causes decline, not homos marrying. In fact this (from the same op-ed roundtable) seems shameful -- although par for the course in California:
In 2004, UC President Robert Dynes and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger abandoned the idea of a public university in favor of a privatized model. Dynes accepted a $1.5-billion permanent cut in the university's annual $5-billion core operating budget, and agreed to substantially increase tuition every year, in exchange for a promise (now broken) of modest increases in state money while UC sought private money "to support basic programs."

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