10.0643 evaluation exercise in Germany

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 31 Jan 1997 22:57:50 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 643.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Elisabeth.Burr@unidui.uni-duisburg.de (30)
Subject: Re: 10.0527 e-diss; Italian linguistics; plagarism

Dear Humanists,
in Germany universities have come to the point of evaluation. This new
phase has started a short while ago and we notice now that we are bare
of any experience. Autonomy of the university is another problem, i.e.
efficency based distribution of resources.
As I know that English, British and US universities, above all, are already
quite used to evaluation and therefore must be familiar with evaluating the
Humanities in opposition to natural and technical sciences, I would really
appreciate your help.
The things I am interested are:
what criteria do you think best for evaluation? Which have been used in
your case?
How do you cope with the financial problem? Which ways are you going
to get money in? Are there experiences in the field of cooperation between
industry and the humanities?
Have you started new innovative courses during the process of evaluation
or on the basis of the results and what are your experiences with these new
Are you facing the problem that pupils are less interested in universitie
nowadays and that student numbers are going down?
How do you cope with this?
I know that my questions call for very complex answers but it would already
be very helpful, if you just could enumerate some of the points which seem
important to you.
Thank you very much in advance
Elisabeth Burr

Dr. phil. Elisabeth Burr
FB 3/Romanistik/Gerhard-Mercator Universitaet Duisburg GH
Lotharstrasse 65/47048 Duisburg
+49 203 3792605/Elisabeth.Burr@uni-duisburg.de