So here you are, on that coveted committee in your beloved institution of higher learning. Congratulations! Or is it a good thing? Maybe not so much!
You have to time decisions with a calendar, not a clock in higher education. We have committees for just about everything. There is probably a committee to study whether there are too many committees on campus. In any organization, culture shift is a slow process but higher ed brings it to a whole new level. I graduated from college 30 years ago and there are still several committees on campus studying the same issues we studied in the 1970’s. Seriously, I am not making that up. When I was in school, core curriculum was a hot topic and as it turns out, they have been studying it with great fervor for nearly this entire new millennium.
Committee work is a curious process on a college campus. We are “highly educated” and tend to look at 72 sides of each issue. We make sub-committees of our committees and then spend weeks coming up with convenient times to meet. The sub-committees need to report to the committees and tend to exhaust the angles. Nowhere in the world is form over substance more revered than on a college campus.
So, the next time you want to be on a committee, keep your hand down…even if it is only to order pizza!
Life is good!
Jude Russo Caserta
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