American Educational Research Association 2015

U21's Deans of Education to present two papers at the 2015 AERA Conference.

This year, the U21 Deans of Education are co-sponsoring and participating in several discussion panels at the AERA Conference (which draws 14,000 participants from around the world) in April 2015.  These include:

Evaluating the Productivity of Researchers in Varied Institutions: Consequences for Individuals and Institutions

(Co-sponsored by the Organization of Institutional Affiliates and Universitas 21)

Abstract

Assessment of the productivity of education researchers represents a “high stakes test” for individual researchers and for research institutions. The results of research assessments have consequences for individuals and institutions and for design of researcher preparation programmes. Our panel, representing researchers from several countries and from a variety of research institutions, will discuss the actual measures used to evaluate education researchers in these varied settings and will provide recommendations for more useful procedures.

  

Toward a Research Agenda on Rankings of Educational Institutions: Getting the Data Right and Getting the Right Data

(Co-sponsored by the Organization of Institutional Affiliates and Universitas 21)

Abstract

In an era of increased appetite for data about colleges, universities, training programmes, and other educational institutions, there is a growing need for more focused attention on the intended uses of rankings, their methodological strengths and weaknesses, and the underlying assumptions about how individuals and organisations interpret their meaning. Research on these questions could lead to improved understanding and more effective mechanisms for providing useful information to multiple users for multiple purposes.