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RZ-255780-17Research Programs: Collaborative ResearchUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraThe Limits of the Numerical: Metrics and the Humanities in Higher Education10/1/2017 - 6/30/2020$175,000.00ChristopherJ.NewfieldLauraC.MandellUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCA93106-0001USA2017American StudiesCollaborative ResearchResearch Programs17500001744160

Research and writing of a monograph and open access web materials describing the history and cultural theory of metrics in higher education. (24 months)

Our project seeks to develop a historical and cultural theory of metrics in higher education that can account for universities' and colleges' adoption of quantitative measures and offer humanistic methods for evaluating their educational and research impacts. We are particularly concerned with their impact on humanities disciplines, and with the ability of humanities disciplines to develop responsive practices that grow out of our methodologies. We will examine the origins and current operation of three areas of measurement discourse--research bibliometrics, learning outcomes assessment, and the value of college education--and investigate alternative models for improving research productivity and learning quality.