October 11, 2012
As Tensions Mount Between Flagships and States, Data Can Be a Wedge or a Bridge
For at least a decade the ties binding flagship universities to their states have been weakening while state appropriations shrink as a share of those institutions' budgets. Now policy makers' growing appetite for measurement and accountability could further strain the relationship.
The impulse to rely on easily calculated measurements to judge a college's worth often makes sense in the abstract, but it can