Ah, The Cronk. The higher ed gift that just keeps on giving.
The University of West Kansas has prided itself on its excessive commitment to outcomes assessment. Chang's parents have accused the college of going too far with its efforts to measure everything. "This was at least the thirteenth survey my daughter was asked to fill out in the past two weeks," said Chang's mother.
"Oh, you can never do enough assessment," said director of leadership initiatives and assessment, Peggy Kolby. "We're already writing a survey to measure the learning students do when bereaved."
This one is considerably darker than their usual, but still cringe-worthy in the way it can spark an uncomfortable recognition.
I also like their other story that they link to: University Rejects Innovative Plan to Do the Right Thing. "Not Measurable," Says VP.
"We loved the plan initially, but we just weren't thinking clearly," said director of leadership initiatives and assessment, Peggy Kolby. "We realized it's impossible to measure 'doing the right thing' before we invested any energy or financial resources errantly.