What does the adminspeak phrase "best practices" mean?
An illustration of the use of the phrase:
For all practical purposes, best practices are the way things are done somewhere else that administrators would like to do here without having to provide justification.
q: Why should we do it this way?
a: Well, this is a best practice.
So, to use a completely arbitrary example, we need to re-organize the graduate school according to best practices at universities x, y, and z. [Where x, y, and z do it the way the administrator would like it done here.]
Moral: Be very suspicious when an administrator claims to be here to help you and show you best practices for how to do something.