ABSTRACT

Unfortunately, many in the general public and numerous politicians view higher education as a “bloated sector [of the economy], where professors engage in minimal teaching and groundless research, where administrations engage in an unbridled waste of resources, and where students were ill-prepared for the world of work” (Michael, 2005, p. 17). State and national politicians along with the media continue to throw barbs at individual institutions as well as the higher education industry as a whole. The charges brought forth include institutions of higher education being inefficient and ineffective. As current or future administrators it is going to be up to you to turn this tide of criticism into an effort to support the most productive non-system of higher education in the world. Wholesale adoption of business practices will not cure all of higher education’s ills, but recognizing some of the inefficiencies and ineffective practices can be a start.