Gulliver, CEOs, and University Presidents

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4 Responses

  1. Shag from Brookline says:

    Who speaks for the students? Do faculties speak for students more than their own interests?

  2. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Faculty owe their schools and students fiduciary duties and, in my experience, law professors tend to fulfill those duties.

    Others looking out for students directly include student government associations within schools, accreditation commissions, federal and state departments of education, and various associations committed to education and students such as the American Council on Education and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

    One organization clearly not looking out for students? Mort Zuckerman’s U.S. News!

  3. AndyK says:

    Ironically, the rise in administrative costs are a function of the “corporatization” of universities. If I were a university CEO, I would be drawn look at faculty as the resource, students as the highly inelastic downmarket consumer, and major donors as the highly elastic upmarket consumer. Campus administration would primarily be designed to upsell to major donors, but I would also set up byzantine offshore call-center analogues to handle complaints from the downmarket students consumers.

  4. Shag from Brookline says:

    The reference in #2 regarding faculty owing students fiduciary duties may be questionable. I Googled:

    Fiduciary duties of faculty to students

    and the very first item was Ronald B. Standler’s 2007 paper “Professor-Student Is Not a Fiduciary Relationship.” This is followed by several items that also address this issue. Standler’s focus is on case law. He closes with a statement that whether a college has a fiduciary duty to its students is an open question (at least as of 2007 when his research ended).

    Some faculty members do look out for students as do the groups referenced in #2, but how effectively? Consider the issues currently concerning legal education and the outcomes of lawsuits brought by students based on alleged misstatements by law schools of jobs, jobs, jobs available to graduates.