When we got started here, we said that a University is a complex system, and systems-thinking methods are useful for understanding a University. How is a University a complex system? Let’s take a look at Midsize U.
This time of year – the first few weeks of school – I should really just factor an extra 15 minutes into my walk from the parking lot to my office. It’s a weakness, I admit it. I find lost students irresistible. Everything is possible, at the beginning of term – and impossible, too.
… or, to be more clear, so this blog begins. Events leading up to this blog began quite some time ago.
I’m Phil, and this is Bev. Bev and I met in early 2010 during an open forum that addressed a large issue at our university. We discovered that we had some similar ways of thinking about things, and some similar, odd interests. Several conversations and a flurry of book and website recommendations ensued. In 2011 I was working on a small committee to assess a complex issue embedded throughout the university, and Bev helped us figure out how to communicate the results sensibly to a range of university stakeholders with a diversity of viewpoints. More conversations and reading recommendations flowed, and we knew we would have a lot of fun working together.