Journal article

GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES: ARE CENTRALIZED PERFORMANCE SCHEMES RELATED TO INCREASED QUANTITY OR QUALITY?

A Abigail Payne, Joanne Roberts

REVIEW OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS | MIT PRESS | Published : 2010

Abstract

Universities are engaged in many activities, primarily research and teaching. Many states have instituted performance measures that focus on evaluating a university's success in teaching. We suggest that multitasking may be important in this context, and we consider research outcomes after adoption.We find striking results that depend on university status. Research activity is higher at flagship institutions after the adoption of performance measures. Most of this increase in activity is with respect to the level of research funding and the number of articles produced. In contrast, research funding and the number of publications is dramatically lower at nonflagship institutions. There is som..

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