Sur­vey sur­feit

THE (Times Higher Education) - - LETTERS -

One con­tri­bu­tion to the fea­ture about what sin­gle change would most trans­form univer­sity prac­tice fo­cuses on the use of stu­dent data (“The big idea”, 29 Novem­ber).

Given the many sur­veys and per­for­mance as­sess­ment mea­sure­ments that are cited, I can­not un­der­stand why stu­dents would sub­mit to this never-end­ing ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. Ced­ing valu­able study time to com­plete myr­iad sur­veys is a con­sid­er­able waste of time. Of course, stu­dents are told that as fee-pay­ing cus­tomers, they must com­ment on all these vi­tal univer­sity strate­gies and ac­tiv­i­ties, but it’s just a con. I’m sur­prised that no stu­dent has sug­gested a boy­cott of the ne­olib­eral univer­sity’s predi- lec­tion for data col­lec­tion and busy­body sur­veys to ser­vice their box-tick­ing en­deav­ours. pere­grine31

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