By Professor Doom
"The misplaced commoditization of education is perhaps most powerfully seen at the community college—inflated administrative salaries, meaningless surveys of satisfaction, exploitation of adjuncts, spiraling text book costs, millions of education leadership degree programs which do not prepare graduate students for leading anyone, thousands of programs, pilots, grants, and services that perpetuate a kind of public fraud which promises higher education but is best suited for vocational training. So much leadership puffery…"
--From today’s book.
The workers in higher education, that is, the educators, know there’s something very wrong right now. Some leave, never to return, some stand up and fight, and some wait and consider the best course of action. The ones that stand up are squashed, and the ones who wait see the squashings and realize if we’re going to do anything about it, we need to be subtle.
I’ve responded with this blog, in the vain hope that if enough people outside higher education watch as I connect the dots, we can amass enough strength and do something about it. It’s nigh hopeless, but perhaps over time my goal can be reached. I post anonymously, of course, but have no illusions that, when I’m found, my career in higher education will end. I’ve counted on the general incompetence of the Poo Bahs of higher ed for this to take years, and not been disappointed.
Others write very thinly veiled books, “fiction,” detailing the madness, somehow thinking that posting their complaints as fiction will protect them. There are a few books out there from small publishers. Mainstream publishers won’t touch such books, for some reason.
The book I’ll be looking at here is College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair, detailing many of the characters one finds in an all-too-typical community college.
“…met for Moonbuck's coffee…but such benign activities were a front for their true purpose—to get rid of Dolly…”
They had a steadily increasing-in-volume dossier of information about the President and his actives in Hamilton City. In fact, they actually possessed several videos [soon to be posted on Lube Tube]
The above excerpt highlights the nature of the fictional world in the book: a coffee shop called Moonbuck’s, an online site for videos called Lube Tube. This book is thinly veiled fiction. The proper names might be changed a bit, but otherwise the reader should realize the people and events detailed here are very close to real-world counterparts.
Phillip Dolly is the Poo Bah of the fictional community college. Like many Poo Bahs in the real world, he leaves in disgrace from one school, only to quickly get another plum position somewhere else, in this case at the fictional Copperfield Community College (CCC)…it’s weird how often this sort of thing happens, almost as though the Poo Bah’s real job is to destroy institutions, and having succeeded in the job, the Poo Bah has no trouble getting yet another position where he can continue the plundering.
The book considers the thoughts of Dolly as he’s cast down from the previous school, where he considers all the good things he did for the school:
Hmm, I made all of the directors deans and all of the deans became associate VPs. Only one of the new VPs had emotional problems, but no damage was done. He checked into rehab. Our quality initiatives must have moved the college forward. We redid offices, put in new floors and windows, and really spruced the place up too. We won several national awards.