Because colleges and universities have so many “owners” (not in the usual sense, but in the “stakeholder” sense of control over decisions), it is difficult for them to make decisions. Put another way, it’s easy for campus groups, especially the faculty, to veto anything they don’t like.The elaboration, from the Pope Center, suggests that's a flaw. The remedy the essay suggests, however, is simply a formula for greater administrative usurpation, and a further proliferation of deanlets and deanlings. Perhaps, rather than enable the administrative class, which only makes greater meddling by accrediting agencies and legislators likely, the more effective remedy might be to return responsibility for the catalog and the curriculum to the faculty.
PAGING RONALD COASE.
George Leef suggests that in higher education, paralysis by analysis often follows from the lack of lines of command.