So, no claims to be doing a systematic analysis over here. Time is scarce, people.
Primarily deans, VPs, provosts, directors, and so forth. Professors tended to also have administrative roles of one type or another.
There are many problems with having the faculty senate president as the primary voice for faculty. Too many to list.
Exceptionally few graduate students. Not sure what that's all about.
There were exceptions. William & Mary and Wichita State come to mind as having many students involved.
It makes me wonder how many people on the committees are spending significant amounts of time in the classroom.
And how many of them feel comfortable challenging their leaders.
Can you imagine? It's you and 30 people with big titles. I've been on committees like this, and it's not easy to speak up.
So, props to the students doing this service.
The news is not good. Like, really not encouraging.
Those of you at colleges with medical schools are fortunate.
That's a lot of pressure on those folks, too.
Many did have staff senate representatives, and they could hopefully speak for some of the groups whose voices are left out of these decisions.
It was common for there to be multiple sub-groups, which were also often quite big.
That's a lot of people, perspectives, and information to manage.
So, sub-groups sent their reports and recommendations up to the coordinating group, and they sent their reports up.
Anyone in higher ed can point to the pitfalls of a structure like this.
Seems like a stupid question, but managing all this at a distance just adds a layer of complexity and can make communication even harder.
If a committee was charged with coming up with recommendations for bringing people back to campus, the recommendations will focus on bringing people back and not alternatives.
I'd seriously ask how many people on the task force are in a position to challenge or critique.
I've been in a room where a leader said something outlandish and realized I was the only one with tenure who felt comfortable pushing back.
You've got the VP of a unit on the task force, surely they know everything.
I'd want to make very sure I have people with direct knowledge and experience in the room.
Maybe these folks are involved but their names were elsewhere. I just saw a lot of people who probably know a lot of useful things on task forces, but they aren't medical doctors.
And at least 1 institution had a higher ed faculty member! I'm biased, but institutions should tap their expertise.
Not like donors, but people living and working nearby. Also a smart idea.
But we'll leave it here. Thanks for reading!