Mitchell’s Musings 4-30-12: The Real Pepper-Flavored Lessons of Hindsight

Universities and colleges are seen as the route to good jobs, even though the public subsidies to higher education have been declining. Universities are expected to do more with less, i.e., operate with increased efficiency. Good management is needed to achieve such economies. A recent report on an incident involving pepper spraying of student demonstrators at the University of California-Davis points to a failure of academic management. But it does not identify the underlying reason for the failure. An alternative interpretation and recommendation is presented in this Mitchell's Musing.