Paul L. Caron

Monday, April 5, 2021

University Of Missouri Faculty Upset About Use Of Data In Promotion And Tenure

Columbia Daily Tribune, University of Missouri Faculty Members Upset About Use of Data in Promotion and Tenure:

Academic AnalyticsSome University of Missouri faculty members on Wednesday complained about the use of data and information from Academic Analytics in decisions on promotion and tenure of faculty.

Mun Choi, MU chancellor and UM System president, and MU Provost Latha Ramchand were the targets of the criticism.

The venue was the Spring General Faculty Meeting on Zoom. There were 225 participants at one point during the meeting.

Academic Analytics is a company that compiles information about journal articles, citations and other data for universities.

"I have concerns about using Academic Analytics data for promotion and tenure decisions," said faculty member Stephen Karian. "This is a radical break with previous practice."

The contract with the company this year costs $512,800, and the university will pay $527,000 next year, said MU spokesman Christian Basi. The contract expires Dec. 31, 2022. It serves all four system campuses. ...

The company's data is only part of the decision, Choi said. "Academic Analytics is a tool," Choi said. "Not the only tool. It gives us a baseline comparison criteria to other universities."

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