Performance Assessment in Higher Education in Britain

European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 89, Issue 1, 22 February 1996, Pages 18–33

Posted: 10 Jan 2015

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Jill Johnes

University of Huddersfield

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

All public sector organisations in the UK have witnessed changes in funding arrangements during the 1980s as part of the Government’s drive to make them more accountable to the tax-payer. The development of performance indicators is seen as an essential step to ensure that such organisations provide value for money. This paper examines the possibility of constructing measures of the performance of UK universities. A methodology is developed in the framework of production theory and uses multiple regression techniques to estimate the relationship between the outputs and inputs of universities. Around 80% of the inter-university variation in four output measures can be explained by corresponding variations in several input measures. This highlights the need to take into account the inputs available to a university when comparing its output performance with that achieved by other institutions. The problems of interpreting an array of performance indicators are also clearly demonstrated.

Keywords: Performance indicators, higher education

Suggested Citation

Johnes, Jill, Performance Assessment in Higher Education in Britain (1996). European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 89, Issue 1, 22 February 1996, Pages 18–33 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546866

Jill Johnes (Contact Author)

University of Huddersfield ( email )

Queensgate
Huddersfield HD1 3DH
United Kingdom

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