Faculty blasts proposed ‘Soviet-style’ changes in MnSCU management

  • Article by: Maura Lerner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 8:47 PM

Administrators say plan will create efficiency, not bureaucracy.

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eddie55431Sep. 30, 13 1:03 PM

Isn't that a "pot calling kettle black" moment? When the leftist (95% of college professors donate to liberal candidates) college professors call something "soviet style" they must be doing something right here. Take away tenure and require performance to keep their jobs, then I will take something a college professor says about their working conditions seriously. Someone is fearing they will loose their cushy unnecessary job...

Geezer1976Sep. 30, 13 1:08 PM

According the the article it would "allow the business community to dictate academic programs". So in other words, we may actually see graduates that have the skill sets that real businesses need? As a business owner that hires college graduates, I don't see that as a bad thing.

mariezzSep. 30, 13 1:36 PM

Over the last 20 years or so, for whatever inexplicable reasons, businesses have begun to expect that higher ed. train people for very specific jobs. It used to be that BUSINESSES trained people for those very specific jobs. Businesses in effect have shifted the costs of training employees to the state and to the future employee. ************* Higher ed. exists to provide an educational foundation (including critical thinking, writing, and communication skills, as well as more specific knowledge in a student's chosen major(s)/minor(s))for students that should generalize to many different job situations. Students coming out of colleges should have the ability to think, communicate, write clearly, and possess a general knowledge foundation which is flexible enough that **with additional training (paid for by the employer)**, the student should be able to adapt to a wide range of jobs. ****If you are skeptical, start asking people at any major corporation what their college major was, and you'll find that there are a wide range of majors in every job classification. Peter Cappelli, a professor at the Wharton School of Business, wrote an article on this almost 2 years ago about this shift in training called "Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need "

EleanoreSep. 30, 13 2:00 PM

f this is so wonderful then it must be applied to the University of MN system as fully as they would like toapply it to the MNSCU system. The redundancy, attempts to be everything to everyone, and basicly use the UMN as a means to subsidize select private profit entities should and could be stopped. Maybe without slashing the budget, though if it takes that I'm fine with it.

rshacklefordSep. 30, 13 2:31 PM

Wow. These educators act just like the K-12 ones. Childish. Sorry but it has been proven that giving educators more money and latitude does not improve student scores or student readiness for the real world. Cut the costs of tuition.

riverrat76Sep. 30, 13 2:40 PM

The profs "oppose Soviet Style Management" but they favor soviet style everything else.

jojoobooSep. 30, 13 3:09 PM

The proposal came out in June but the faculty union couldn't get together to draft a response until now because they were all off for the summer...which may very well be part of the problem!

gseabergSep. 30, 13 3:25 PM

Partisan remarks aside, each of the major universities in the MnSCU system should be led by their own leadership. The needs of St. Cloud State University (the largest in the MnSCU system) are far different than those of Century College. Secede Huskies, secede!

Geezer1976Sep. 30, 13 4:06 PM

Here's how it is in thr real world folks. I own and run a business with 16 employees. I place great value on the input of each employee in many of my business decisions. But I still own the business and make the final decisions. My business is not a democracy. Something the educators need to understand. Our government is a democracy, but not much else is or should be.

cwgmplsSep. 30, 13 4:14 PM

"allow the business community to dictate academic programs" The business community is already completely free to dictate the content of any academic program they want. As long as they pay for it. Why should my family be forced to go six figures into debt to pay for vocational training for private industry? If you want to control academic programs, then pay for them first.


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