28 April
2012

This week concluded the cyclic review of the McGill School of Computer Science, a review that will not take place again for about 7 years. It was quite a big production and was the culmination of about 8 months of data collection and various kinds of reporting. The 2-day site visit involved several people from inside McGill including faculty and students, as well as outside experts. While their report will only arrive later, they provided some interesting and useful feedback for us.

This kind of review has been suspended for several years since people were unsure if the workload was justified by the outcomes, which historically were often incremental (or less than incremental). On the other hand, planning and resource allocation needs data, the challenge is to collect the data efficiently.

The data we gathered supports the strong position of the School in both research and teaching, and the process helped bring people together to identify common concerns and goals, which was the most valuable objective. As one might expect, I got sick as soon as it was over.


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