Le ragioni delle regole per la valutazione dell'Università: per un'etica della pratica accademica
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M. PALUMBO - C. PENNISI, Reasons for University evalutation: ethical and deontological issues
The necessity of University evaluation derives from ethical and deontological issues, linked
to the autonomy that is a necessary feature of the University, since its foundations.
Nevertheless, it is not «the University» as a whole to be evaluated, but those specific components
and activities, in which the scientific interests of professors must be coherent with the
interests of other stakeholders (students, colleagues, public institutions, society) by clearly
defined rules and objectives. Evaluation is strongly tied to autonomy, by means of the accountability
that every autonomous institutions must warrant. Unfortunately, the recent University
reform law does not propose evaluation as an instrument of accountability and as a tool to
make Universities responsible, but as an instrument of their external control.
Key words: Academic evaluation, Universities evaluation, University reform, Institutional change.