Neoliberal Ideologies, Governmentality and the Academy: An examination of accountability through assessment and transparency

Natasha Jankowski, Staci Provezis

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Abstract

Colleges and universities exist within a political arena where external demands for accountability materialize within a market-driven environment. As a result, government agencies pressure colleges and universities to rely on assessment and transparent reporting to become more market-driven assuming that the competition within the market, led by public choice and institutional selection, will drive improvements in learning and will also self-govern the institutions. This article explores how Foucault informs our conception of neoliberal governmentality through political rationality and technologies of self-governance in order to inform our understanding of accountability in higher education and to challenge institutions to develop a counter dialogue which meets institutional obligations to the public and market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-487
Number of pages13
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Volume46
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • accountability
  • assessment
  • higher education
  • neoliberal governmentality
  • transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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