In the know about education?

UK“Isn’t it time hard questions were asked about the value for money to be had from hiring management consultants to advise about higher education? Want to rebrand, downsize, offload staff, buy a big new IT scheme, rethink your research strategy? They are up for any of this – for a (commercially confidential) price. What are their qualifications? If you make inquiries you will be told that they have, say, 10 or 20 years’ experience in giving advice but, sorry, not really any experience of working within the sector. No, they have not been academics at any time. No, they have not been involved in managing a higher education institution (HEI) themselves. Peer-review? Where can I read about some of their work? Sorry, that is commercially confidential to their clients …” (more)

[Gillian Evans, Mortarboard, 26 March]

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