Thursday, August 13, 2015
Accelerator, Brake, Accelerator, Brake
- They’re overwhelmed. They approved the concept of CBE without first thinking through all of the implications for other policies, and now they’re playing catchup. This strikes me as highly likely.
- They’re focused more on “gainful employment,” for-profit providers, student loan issues, and, until recently, the effort to produce college ratings. WIth other things on fire, something like CBE could easily get overshadowed. I consider this possibility entirely compatible with the previous one.
- They’re stuck in a contradiction. At the very same time that they’re trying to encourage experimentation with moving away from the credit hour in the context of CBE, they’re also clamping down on the credit hour in the context of online teaching. It’s possible to do either, but doing both at the same time requires a level of theoretical hair-splitting far beyond what they’re usually called upon to do. My guess is that an initial rush of enthusiasm quickly gave way to dispirited foot-dragging as they realized that the two emphases can’t coexist.
- Their alien overlords in Area 51, in conjunction with the Illuminati and the Trilateral Commission…(You can fill in the rest. I’m not a fan of this one, but any explanation of Federal government behavior on the internet has to include at least one reference to it. Let’s check that box and move on.)
In the meantime, we rev the engine at a full stop. Thanks to Amy Laitinen for connecting the dots.
This may not be the case -- your other possibilities also make sense, including the interference of the Trilateral Commission and the Lizard People -- but it's another possibility.
A less likely possibility is that external pressure came from elsewhere and killed or wounded the project. You would not believe the number of potential stressors on any mid-sized government project. Anything from lobbyists to senators who got an idea from an in-flight magazine to personal turf battles within the agency can gunk up the works. Considering that this plan would be a significant change in the way business is done, I could see that as a possibility. Not likely, but possible.
These aren't problems particular to the feds, of course. These are risks within any organization of great size. General Motors was notorious for this kind of malarkey.