That question is, "How can we extricate ourselves from neoliberalism, especially as manifested by the educational fads of TQM, AQIP, and outcome-based testing, before it leads to disaster?
Conventional education, that is, the kind of neoliberal education promoted by AQIP and the HLC, whereby students are forced to simply regurgitate a heap of measurable data, does not, according to Gardner, erase those engraved misconceptions.
These outcome statements, however, are much different from the quantitative outcomes promoted by the neoliberal philosophy of AQIP.
Assessment is a constant element in the exercise, but is not measured quantitatively, as AQIP demands.
Before that exercise, I would have been willing to bet that when the mysteries of AQIP
were plumbed, those of us who weren't already comatose from the smog of numbing generalities were gonna be looking at each other going, "Duh?
In 2000, Capella became the first online university to become a charter participant of AQIP, and committed to a program of continuous quality improvement (CQI) similar to initiatives practiced in other industries.
This is a significant accomplishment and Capella University is proud to be one of the first institutions to have joined and successfully completed the entire accreditation cycle with the AQIP program.
We developed AQIP in 1999 with a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
AQIP originated with an attempt to decrease the fundamental conflicts in traditional accreditation.
AQIP attacked this problem by separating formative activities, those designed to help an institution improve the quality of its processes and performance, from its summative judgments on whether an institution meets accreditation standards.
Before that exercise, I would have been willing to bet that when the mysteries of AQIP were plumbed, those of us who weren't already comatose from the smog of numbing generalities and atrocious prose were gonna be looking at each other going, "dub"--in the event the mantra for the day was "think like a student.
And will collect them on all the subsequent days when the inevitable committees produce their undecipherable reports on AQIP for the DHE and CBHE and NCACC.