ERIC Number: ED482065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Governing Badly: Theory and Practice of Bad Ideas in College Decisionmaking.
Olivas, Michael A.
Richard Delgado and Jean Stefanic have examined a series of legal decisions they consider to be "serious moral errors,""embarrassingly inhumane decisions," and "moral abominations." Departing from their exploration of bad judicial decision making, this paper points out some examples of bad decision making in higher education. It identifies four examples of bas educational policy making and discusses why each is bad. The first is legacy or alumni preference admissions, a policy that is unfair, especially to minority students. The second is tying state appropriations to test scores. The third is program discontinuance as a way to get rid of faculty members. A fourth is playing immigration "cop," and making determinations about a student's right to be in the United States. (Contains 29 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Prepared by the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (Los Angeles, CA). Paper presented to the Governance Roundtable (Santa Fe, NM, June 2003).