Monday, August 26, 2013
AAUP takes tough line on Obama Higher Ed Proposal
Full statement at http://aaup.org/news/statement-president%E2%80%99s-proposal-performance-based-funding
Unfortunately, there is more heat than light in the statement. What is needed is line-by-line analysis of the plan. And there needs to be some analysis of how much of it would require action by Congress - which is not in a mood to do much in the way of acting on anything. Generally, it can be said that all incentive plans - whether in the workplace or any other situation - turn out to have potential perverse side effects. If money is conditional on some metric, it is sometimes (often) the case that you can game the metric in ways that compromise the goal. But to make such an analysis of the plan at hand, we need careful scrutiny of the details. AAUP needs now to follow through on the details.
Toughness only gets you so far: