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Administrators Do What They Want Anyway

I've been reading the editorial, columns, articles, etc., in your Oct. 2 extra issue about your dismay at the lack of student input in reorganizing the management of MIT.

Although one might have some sympathy for you, and for your belief that a good reorganization plan will gather data from all of those affected (after all, it's only been a year or so since that vicious Total Quality Management virus was finally eradicated from the campus), I fear that you are lacking a vital insight into the nature of the situation. Here, to clarify things, is a comparison of management choices available to the administration, and the outcome of each:

Method A

1. Administration decides to reorganize.

2. They invite and then have to listen to student input.

3. They do what they think is right.

4. You continue to pay tuition each semester, and then

4a. You leave.

Method B

1. Administration decides to reorganize.

2. (Skip step 2)

3. They do what they think is right.

4. You continue to pay tuition each semester, and then

4a. You leave.

Notice the essential similarities? I hope this helps.

Gary L. Dryfoos

Consultant, Information Systems