Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Higher Education, Recruitment, Thoughts | Posted on 08-15-2008
It’s finally Friday, and here’s my thought of the week. In Higher Ed, mediocrity is embraced and accepted way too much. I’ve only worked in higher ed, but I can’t imagine this cutting it in other workplaces.
We all know that higher ed is a notoriously slow environment, but why does it have to be that way? Aren’t we controlling our own destiny? Wouldn’t it be so much greater to kick things up a notch and really make some moves in the industry? Won’t the team that actually embraces this be miles ahead of their competitors? Why are we constantly measuring ourselves against other universities that are moving at the pace of a snail as well?
Who wants to break through? Which schools are going to be the movers and shakers and utilize all of the resources available? Why talk a good game when nothing is actually going to happen?
I’m not quite to the point of frustration yet, but it’s taxing to swim against the tide day in and day out. Do we really need a 13-person committee for that? Should small changes really take 2 weeks? I don’t think it just ‘that time of the year’ where we’re at the end of the summer and gearing up for the new recruitment cycle. It’s an entire culture. And what a lofty goal to actually change it, because as I said, it’s embraced and accepted too much.
I threw this question out on Twitter this morning and got several responses, but sometimes 140 characters is not enough space to have a conversation. So let’s chat. What are your thoughts?