Because universities are difficult, but worth it
This year there have been a dozen posts in the Imperfect University series. Covering leadership, staff mobility, regulation, governance in Scotland and Virginia, not so revolutionary online provision, the CDBU and more regulation, there was I hope something of interest for many in here somewhere.
An introduction to the series
What kind of people do universities need as leaders – is appointing a top academic enough?
Despite the rhetoric we always seem to end up with additional rather than reduced regulation in higher education.
Comments on a recent review of university governance in Scotland.
On why Massive Open Online Courses aren’t perhaps as revolutionary as is claimed by some.
On the removal of the President at the University of Virginia. Messy.
A look at a book from 1962, Education and the Cult of Efficiency, which offers a salutary warning about the hazards of imposing inappropriate models in education.
A comparison between graduation events and the feel good Olympics. With other observations about graduation.
Developing and moving professional services staff.
Why there really aren’t too many administrators in universities. Honest.
Commentary on the launch of the Council for the Defence of British Universities.
More to follow in 2013.