ON government’s performance metric “strangles good pedagogy”: Spooner

May 1, 2019

University of Regina professor Marc Spooner told CBC that the Government of Ontario’s performance-based funding model will create an “audit culture” at universities. “The problem with accountability metrics is they tend to do more harm than good,” said Spooner. “One of the things universities and university programs go through is a rigorous five-to-ten-year review. Accountability is already happening.” Performance metrics will bring standardized testing from elementary and high schools into the university sector, Spooner added, essentially stifling the university’s core mission to foster independent thought. Spooner also said that governments should not measure grade point averages, but student retention data, expenditures on services, and teaching loads. CBC (ON)