As an employee at a large university sometimes I am struck by how awkward it must be to run a company of this size and diversity with such a nebulous goal… educating students. At least if you were going for profit you can quantitatively show where you stand, there is no checkbook to balence you routinely loose money.
odd place. well anyway this brings me to my next point, it struck me as I was in a seminar yesterday concerning how babysat to deal with people, that there existed departments in any entity whose existence is based on bureaucracy. For instace the people teaching the seminars have jobs because every year we are required to attend so many of them… I wonder how much better in the budget department they would be if they removed a good deal of the services who exist because of policies such as that… That’s probably a lot of money to be saved. Interesting thought.