Flexibility key to rethinking the traditional MBA program

October 11, 2019

Employing the ‘real world’ rationale to explain why one imposes a hard deadline policy in a course is a mistake, writes John Warner. Speaking from experience, the author explains that in his various jobs as a writer, a teacher, a blogger, and a researcher, deadlines are indeed often flexible. The ‘real world’ skill involved is that of managing deadlines rather than meeting them. Although there is nothing “inherently wrong” with implementing a hard deadlines policy in a course, Warner ultimately suggests that “it's more honest to simply acknowledge that the power structures in a course mean that an instructor has the authority to set deadlines.” Inside Higher Ed (International)