Fostering more productive conversations about change in PSE

January 22, 2016

“Conversations about the need for change in higher education and how best to chart our path forward have become exhausting,” writes the Chronicle of Higher Education. Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of this non-dialogue, the article adds, is that both sides tend to assume the worst of the other side’s motives. While faculty remain suspicious of administrators' supposed efforts to undermine the university’s traditional mission, administrators might see faculty as resistant to change solely for the purpose of protecting what is comfortable and familiar to them. Yet “what if we approached decision-making conversations as collaborations,” the article asks, “rather than as arguments of distinct perspective that are structured to be won?” In the interest of furthering this effort, the article lays out five points of consideration that might help each side of the “change debate” understand the other. Chronicle of Higher Education