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Education Isn’t Only for the Students

Education Isn’t Only for the Students

Some years ago I taught evening graduate courses for PhD and MBA candidates on consulting and on strategy. These were 600-level courses and, although preferred with a dozen people by the university, I usually had 17-19. I had been recommended by the university president, for whom I had done some strategy work. After my third semester the director of the business school told me that my contract (the union insisted I be paid even though I offered to do this pro bono) would not be renewed. I asked him why not.

“Because each semester in our faculty review with students you’re voted the top professor, and the full time staff finds that unacceptable.”

“So we’re not talking about student learning or preferences, but about the egos of the faculty?”

“Exactly, that’s the way it is here.”

And we wonder why schools aren’t preparing students for the real world. It’s because they are not seen as the “customers,” only as income sources to fund tenured faculty sitting around and pontificating.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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