Review proposes yet more performance indicators.
An earlier post noted that the UK Performance Indicators Steering Group (or the UKPISG, perhaps one of the least felicitous acronyms in higher education), was undertaking a major review of performance Indicators for higher education. It was hoped (by me at least) that this might lead to some rationalisation of performance indicators and a reduction in the demands placed on universities to provide data.
Disappointingly, but perhaps unsurprisingly, there is to be no reduction in this burden. Rather the group has concluded that the performance indicators are valued by the higher education sector and the current approach should be retained.
It also recommends:
broadening the populations and institutions covered by UKPIs to take account of the changing make-up of HE provision and of the HE sector
introducing a small number of additional UKPIs to take account of the wider role of higher education.
So, more rather than less.
There is also going to be more detailed investigation into current PIs and, once this completed, exploration of new areas for additional PIs will begin.
We therefore have a little breathing room but it remains a very disappointing outcome.