Higher Education

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 277–292

Performance indicators as conceptual technologies


DOI: 10.1023/A:1004066415147

Cite this article as:
Barnetson, B. & Cutright, M. Higher Education (2000) 40: 277. doi:10.1023/A:1004066415147


This paper posits that performance indicators (PIs)are conceptual technologies that shape what issuesacademics think about and how academics think aboutthose issues by embedding normative assumptions intothe selection and structure of those indicators.Exploring the assumptions embedded in Alberta's(Canada) PIs yields an initial typology of assumptionsthat academics can apply to performance indicators inhigher education to understand, refine or criticallychallenge their introduction.

Canada conceptual technology critical theory higher education institutional effectiveness performance indicators performance funding resource allocation 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alberta Colleges & Institutes Faculties AssociationEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.The Johns Hopkins UniversityUSA

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