The UMass Amherst Libraries host a talk by former UMass Amherst chancellor and author John V. Lombardi about the Measuring University Performance Center and his new book, How Universities Work (John Hopkins University Press, 2013). The talk is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing.
How do universities improve? By measuring their performance using data and expert analysis, says Lombardi, director of the Measuring University Performance (MUP) Center.
Lombardi served as chancellor of UMass Amherst from 2002 to 2007 and was a former president of the Louisiana State University System and the University of Florida. Lombardi and colleagues created the MUP Center in 1999 as an outgrowth of a decade of improvement initiatives at the University of Florida.
The Center is a joint venture between UMass Amherst and Arizona State University with collaborators and staff from the University of Florida and the University at Buffalo. The Center also co-sponsors the UN University’s International Institute for Software Technology’s Global Research Benchmarking System. Lombardi is also an Associate Director of Libraries and Professor of History at UMass Amherst.
The MUP Center is an internationally recognized research enterprise focused on the competitive context for major research universities. The MUP Center offers a data-driven alternative to mass media’s “college rankings” that can help universities identify strengths and weaknesses as they forge strategies to improve. The Center released its current annual report, The Top American Research Universities, this month.
For more information about the MUP Center, visit http://mup.asu.edu/.