As if on cue. . .

Posted: 22 June 2012 in Uncategorized
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You just knew, after University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan was forced to resign, and now that the board is considering reinstating her, someone would come along to attempt to justify the original dismissal.

As if on cue, University of Maryland business professor Peter Morici [ht: pm] assumes his appointed role.

Higher education is in crisis, and leaders like recently dismissed University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan bear a heavy burden of responsibility, simply put, for not effectively leading. . .

American universities please the immediate instincts of students and faculty — who often chose the academic life to avoid the rigors of the marketplace.

Academics who make it to the top rely heavily on consensus-building processes that offer students and faculty a strong sense of involvement but do not yield decisions that best serve the long-term interests of institutions or the communities they serve.

Sullivan was given fair warning that the UVa board of visitors was concerned about her lack of vision about the cost and relevancy challenges facing her university and virtually all others, and offered the opportunity to table a strategy document. Her May 3 strategy memo to the board simply lacked a coherent and effective plan to address those challenges at UVa.

UVa, the state and the nation it serves simply deserve better.

That’s how Morici fulfills his role, by attempting to make the case against the interests of students and faculty governance and for running the university like a profit-making corporation. In other words, it’s the cult of executive decisionmaking by the members of nonacademic boards of directors in the new corporate university.

  1. VanessaVaile says:

    Reblogged this on Tales from the Adjunctiverse and commented:
    As if business professor Peter Morici knows better than TJ… no piker as innovator and leader (showing that neither are incompatible with the classics and other humanities)

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