Dean at UC-Irvine Seeks to Solve Higher Ed’s Existential Crisis With Data—Lots of It
Steven Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In 2011, the sociologist Richard Arum bemoaned the lack of rigor in American higher education. In 2016, he critiqued the “inadequate and wrongheaded approaches,” especially those focusing on labor-market data, that drive most studies of student outcomes.
Now, as dean of the University of California at Irvine’s School of Education, he gets to design his own study, leading a new effort to track students’ academic, social, and personal behaviors to gauge their success.