The Government’s outcomes measurements – Education

by Julia Evans on June 28, 2011

The Government is not just running a high-risk health industry, it is also in total control of the country’s education industry.  And the Government’s Education Factories, in this case the Universities, have their output measured against the Government’s One Absolute Standard.  The measure of productivity is financial:  so whether you get a job is the measure of how much each individual student has learnt.

Once their productivity as an Education Factory has been established, the medieval stocks method of ‘naming and shaming’ is used to ensure better compliance with the Government’s dictates.

You don’t believe me, read about it in

Degrees to be ‘named and shamed’:  Ministers will ask for detailed information about the employment outcomes, in higher education white paper

‘Naming and shaming’ for degrees with poor jobs record

Scrapping ‘dead-end’ courses will ‘ensure students get their money’s worth’ as universities set to charge higher tuition fees

By Jeevan Vasagar and Jessica Shepherd

The Guardian, Tuesday 28 June 2011

Quotes from the article:

Naming and shaming university courses that have a poor track record will curb losses on tuition fee loans, say ministers.

University courses with a poor track record of employment will be “named and shamed” under government proposals to give students a clearer choice of degree and curb the costs of tuition fee loans.

In a higher education white paper, ministers will ask for the publication of detailed information about the employment and earning outcomes of specific degrees. David Willetts, the universities minister, believes too many courses are not valued by employers.

A Whitehall source said: “The reforms are all about ensuring that students get their money’s worth. We’re asking graduates to contribute more once they are earning, so it is only right that universities deliver for students. Universities will become more accountable to students and they will have to be far more transparent about what they are offering.”

One highly-ranked university, which did not want to be named, was told by Offa it was not enough to measure itself against its rivals. “Our aim is to improve the performance of the sector as a whole and we therefore need you to improve your absolute performance … as well as measure how you are doing compared to others,” the watchdog wrote. “Please consider this issue as soon as possible and make any amendments you think appropriate …”