It's Time for Faculty to Coopt Assessment

7 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2010


With persistent public criticism and declining economic health, public higher education will continue to face the types of external threats that generated the initial demands for assessment in the 1980s. It is the contention of this author that how higher education responds to current external threats will affect its future. This paper represents an attempt to explain and understand the responses of higher education to external threats through an application of Philip Selznickā€™s (1966) concept of cooptation.

Keywords: Assessment, Strategic Use, Cooptation

Suggested Citation

Young, Candace C., It's Time for Faculty to Coopt Assessment. APSA 2010 Teaching & Learning Conference Paper, Available at SSRN: or

Candace C. Young (Contact Author)

Truman State University ( email )

100 E. Normal Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
United States

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