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University Rejects Innovative Plan to Do the Right Thing. “Not Measurable,” Says VP.

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The University of West Kansas dropped initial plans to implement a creative, low-cost program aimed at decreasing epidemic levels of student cheating and binge drinking.

We loved the plan initially, but we just weren’t thinking clearly,” said director of leadership initiatives and assessment, Peggy Kolby. “We realized it’s impossible to measure ‘doing the right thing’ before we invested any energy or financial resources errantly.

We’re coming up on our reaccreditation review soon, and we need to show that we’re doing lots of assessment on things that are measurable,” said Kolby’s supervisor, the Vice President for Student Affairs. “We need to spend every minute we can developing surveys and running focus groups. Thank goodness we caught ourselves before we completely lost focus of our goals.”