Creating a Sustainable College Performance Evaluation in China

Luxi Zhang, David Sorrell, Paul Adams, Bob Adamson

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In recent decades, the prevalence of neo-liberal discourses in education governance promotes the trend of performance evaluation in higher education institutions around the world. For the purpose of achieving “Double-First Class” initiatives in Chinese universities, a scientific and effective academic output measurement system needed to be put into practice. The often quantitative results-oriented nationwide college performance evaluation (CPE) became a necessary staff appraisal system in all state-owned Chinese universities since 2007. However, the more than a decade’s implementation of college performance evaluation in China is still facing challenges in its development. University teachers even argue about whether the implementation of CPE is legitimate or irrational. This paper stems from a case study in a Chinese university. Through the analysis of documents, email messages, and teacher and leader interviews, the case study found staff’s compliance and resistance to CPE. The discovered challenges and tensions have implications for future effective implementation of CPE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Tertiary Education in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationPolicies, Practices, and Developments
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789811951046
ISBN (Print)9789811951022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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