Reform Requires College Presidents Strong Enough to Implement the Right Policies
I suggested that we abolish tenure, pay a salary premium of 25% over competing colleges, and thereby attract highly competent faculty who didn’t need tenure. My colleagues looked at me like I had just stepped out of an alien spaceship.
Trustees, Take Note: Time to Really Do Your Job
Trustees should take a more active role in reviewing and benchmarking the work of faculty and administrators and monitoring outcomes. Too many have seen their role narrowly defined as boosters, cheerleaders, and donors.
Time for Students and Faculty to Get Down to Business
Even I have grown weary of the commentaries decrying the recent nuttiness on college campuses. I’ve certainly written my share of commentaries on all of this, but more recently have been focusing my thoughts on what we need to do to turn this situation around.
Blocking and Tackling in Higher Education
Nationally, fewer than 60% of entering students obtain a degree within six years, and the percentage that graduate within four years is below 50%. The problem is most pronounced in the early stages of a college career, where only about 75% of students return for their second year.
It’s Never Easy, but Colleges Must Dig Deep to Survive
Some years ago, while I was teaching business courses at a small liberal arts college after a thirty year career in a corporate environment, the interim president of the college asked me how I thought the college could attract more students to its Business and Economics major.
Welcome students, members of the Class of…of…well, we really aren’t sure
If college presidents were really honest about things, this is the letter they would send out
State Governments Gamely Attempt to Assess College Performance — But Can They?
Do the number of degrees issued, the graduation rates achieved and the length of time completing degrees have anything to do with real learning?
Minimum Drinking Age? We Need a Minimum College Age!
To grow up within a loving family, and then go to war in Iraq and die at 19 is bad enough. But to go off to die at a college fraternity house is just too much to bear.
How Should Colleges Select Faculty in an Age of Adjunctification?
If adjuncts are now so prevalent on campus, should not more care be taken in the hiring and retention process?
How Can a College Improve Decision-Making?
College decision-making is much different than in a corporate environment. The process is much slower, and more circular than linear. As for the identity of the final decision maker — well, that wasn’t really clear to me.