Wow. Big, big news. Our own Dr. Teresa Sullivan fired from her last post at the University of Virginia for vague reasons referring to a need for "strategic dynamism," and with little notice from one day to the next despite her popularity at UVA. Important read and important lessons here. Here's a quote:
"The inappropriateness of applying concepts designed for firms and sailboats to a massive and contemplative institution as a university should be clear to anyone who does not run a hedge fund or make too much money. To execute anything like strategic dynamism, one must be able to order people to do things, make quick decisions from the top down, and have a constant view of a wide array of variables. It helps if you understand what counts as an input and an output. Universities have multiple inputs and uncountable and unpredictable outputs. And that’s how we like them."
When outcomes-based accountability comes by our way again here in Texas, we should all take heed.
What Happens When Public Universities Are Run by Robber Barons
By Siva Vaidhyanathan, AlterNet