Introduction: Welcome to Volume 30 of Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis. The 2009-10 academic year has been a busy one for the journal, with three CFP (calls for papers) being posted on a variety of different topics. Volume 30 explores the first of these calls through its focus on the philosophical and conceptual implications of the culture of assessment in higher education. It seems true to say that institutional assessment has become as inevitable as death and taxes, with much research dedicated to ‘assessing’ the effectiveness of this new institutional charge. The five articles that make up Issue 1 of Volume 30 explore this paradigm shift from a variety of perspectives, some take an internal and personal perspective, while others look at the trend from a more distanced standpoint.