What is the mission of universities?

Some time ago, I had a chat with a co-worker. His lecture contract ends this year. The department is happy with his performance. He is happy teaching, even though he has a very high teaching load. His performance is great, he is satisfied with his job. Only one factor, unrelated to productivity, is the cause…

The Wicked Problem in Higher Education: Conclusion

In the first two posts on this series about the wicked problem in higher education (introduction, stakeholder perspective) I have tried to paint the picture. Let’s recap: A wicked problem is a step up from an ill-structured problem, as the solution is not easily determined. Depending on how the problem is defined, the possible pool of solutions…

The Wicked Problem in Higher Education: Case studies

After looking at the wicked problem from the perspective of different stakeholders, this post will deal with a couple of examples of how universities could be organized differently. In no way I’m claiming that one of those universities has the answer, but it is simply a series of examples. Maastricht University, the Netherlands I begin…

The Wicked Problem in Higher Education

While this post is not related to my main research effort, quality of education is important for me. I haven’t enjoyed high school and have a pretty sceptical view on its ability to prepare pupils for anything. My experiences with most freshmen has only reinforced this image.  Over time, also what I have seen in universities,…