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 … Read moreWhat is the mission of universities?

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 … Read moreThe Wicked Problem in Higher Education: Conclusion

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 … Read moreThe Wicked Problem in Higher Education: Case studies

The Wicked Problem in Higher Education: The Stakeholder Perspective

Post 2 on the series The Wicked Problem in Higher Education. Post 1 sets the outline. Post 2 deals with the stakeholders. Post 3 describes the solution pool. A couple of groups have a key stake in universities. These are the students, companies, faculty (Note to Europeans, the US meaning of ‘faculty’ is used, aka university … Read moreThe Wicked Problem in Higher Education: The Stakeholder Perspective

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, … Read moreThe Wicked Problem in Higher Education