In higher education, the job of a professor is well-defined. It consists of three things: teaching, research, and service to the university and one's profession.Teaching involves three tasks: preparation (of the course), execution (delivering the course), and follow-up (guiding students' work, … [Read more...] about Why University Teaching Rarely Improves
When I worked as a supply chain manager in the mid-1990s, I faced tremendous pressure from company leaders to offshore large chunks of the $106 million in annual spend of the work supplied to us by some 50-plus first-tier manufacturers located in the Connecticut river valley. I resisted that … [Read more...] about Freeish Trade, Economic Nationalism, and Lean
Unfortunately, most people mindlessly believe the statement: "What gets gets measured gets managed." Click here to learn how this statement is easily proven to be untrue. The commonly believed statement "If the worker hasn’t learned, then the instructor hasn’t taught" is also easily proven to … [Read more...] about What Gets Measured Gets Managed?
A new president of a public university has these four goals*:Increase student enrollment Maintain academic excellence Expand community engagement Develop additional sources of fundingNotice anything odd among the four goals?It should be Goal 2, "Maintain academic excellence." … [Read more...] about Maintain Academic Excellence?
John Smyth, the author of The Toxic University, talks about his book in this interesting article: "Author discusses ideas in his new book, 'The Toxic University'" (IHE, 12 July 2017)My key takeaway is that those responsible for pricing tuition and fees bear full responsibility for the toxic … [Read more...] about The Toxic University
Excellence in teaching? Not quite.The results of the U.K.s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) have been released. Click here to view the results of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze university awards (official government results are here).The purpose of TEF is to "...shin[e] a spotlight on … [Read more...] about Excellence in Teaching
Professors typically give lots of feedback to students over a semester to help them learn and improve.Professors, however, often complain about the feedback that students give concerning the professor's performance in a course. I eagerly accept student feedback because it helps me understand what … [Read more...] about Feedforward to Students
Higher education thought leader Jeffrey J. Selingo has a new thought: It’s time for colleges to cut costs. Hasn't this been obvious for the last 10 or 20 years? (See my 2005 article, "Lean in Higher Education").In his 26 May 2017 article in The Washington Post, "Forget the marketing gimmicks: It’s … [Read more...] about It’s Time for Colleges to Cut Costs
Kaizen is practical method for improving any processes, and thus it can also be applied to the design and delivery of courses. In order for kaizen to be effective, kaizen participants must be given strict conditions under which improvements are made. These conditions take the form of "Nos" or … [Read more...] about Professor Emiliani’s “Nos” for Teaching