Wednesday, March 01, 2006
2. The forms we use are based on the old policy.
3. We need new forms.
4. We can’t just draw up the new forms. We need to run it by the union and the faculty governance group.
5. With multiple drafts.
6. Then we need to introduce the new forms at one of the three annual faculty meetings.
7. But they can’t take effect immediately. People need to know in advance.
8. So we’ll introduce them next year, to take effect the following year.
9. If we remember.
10. In the meantime, we’ll continue to use the forms that make no sense.
11. To respect the process.
12. While communicating that the forms will be changed.
13. But not yet.
14. But the union contract specifies the inherited form.
15. And the contract isn’t up for several more years.
16. So we’ll have to start the process then.
17. Or at least agree to start it. Coming to the table with a fully-formed form could be construed as bad faith.
18. So it’s resolved. We’ll fix the problem in five years.
20. Oh, wait, there’s something else…
"You only get what you give
The way you die is the way you live
And what you want is not always what you need
Yeah, you might want it today
But tomorrow you'll throw it away
And the only think that's permanent is change."
What I've also seen (and this is in no way meant as a rebuttal or defense of faculty -- just a comment) is that there are often old guard faculty and administrators who promise changes quickly -- and even decide what new policies are going to be -- without even thinking about the process or doing any groundwork. Lots of time, that means setting false expectations and causing unnecessary friction.