Wednesday, June 3, 2015
There was a consultation on the new Five Year Plan for my university this week. Over 750 people were packed into a large auditorium in the Business School (an opportunity to admire the real wood finish, superb lighting and actual climate control in Business School teaching spaces!) and haranguaged about the importance of everyone owning the plan and the unacceptability of failure. The Chief-Executive-Equivalent used the phrase "Red Queen Effect" incorrectly, and attributed it to Rudyard Kipling. Then the assembled hordes were encouraged to brainstorm the distinctive features of the university (via microphone, to everyone. An interesting pedagogy...), and told to email our further ideas to a special email address.
Which will only accept emails from our university addresses, since we all have to Own Our Vision.
It's going to take a year to write the five year plan. There are special 'seconded personnel' who will do nothing else. And we already know that much of it will be 'to continue the change mandate of the 20-year plan!'
Oh, and we are going to recruit MORE students with BETTER entry qualifications because that is the PATH TO EXCELLENCE.
I was so inspired, I spent half an hour making a graphic of a sorrowful hamster. I wonder if that was their intent??