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“The Social Function of Scoring Systems” | C. Thi Nguyen

Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building (CTIHB) Jewel Box (Rm 143) 215 Central Campus Dr, Salt Lake City

We find scoring systems aplenty in both games and institutional life – in all the rankings and metrics which surround us. Why are scores so common, and what does it mean that we are so often entangled in scoring systems that we don’t entirely control? A score is a quantitative evaluation that renders a singular verdict. Scores have a typical function: they to encourage convergence on a singular evaluation. They are not transparent engines; they transform our values. Scoring can exert systematic pressures on our social processes of evaluations. They work to suppress pluralism about value, and to discourage evaluations in vague terms, and they encourage evaluation in mechanically repeatable terms. In doing so, scores can also serve to settle key choice points in collective reasoning processes – which explains, in part, the centrality of metrics in institutional deliberation. 

Event Series Black History Month

Black History at the U

Black Cultural Center 95 Fort Douglas Blvd, Salt Lake City

Join us at the Black Cultural Center to learn about Black innovators, leaders, and change makers who made their mark on the University of Utah. Check out a digital exhibit, walking tour, and opportunities to get involved in learning about Black history at the U.

Event Series Black History Month

SoulFest: A Black History Month Extravaganza with UPC & BSU

A. Ray Olpin University Union Ballroom 200 Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City

Join the Black Student Union for a Black history extravaganza with a night full of entertainment from Black performers. Learn about all types of resources on campus for black students while enjoying performances from step-dancers, African drummers, poets, and comedians.