Got a letter in email (along with everyone else at the UMN as far as I know) pointing me to this website for a "Strategic Positioning" statement, whatever that is. As L. said when asked whether this was still a university or a corporation, "Yes - an intellectual community run by corporate bastards. If they have 'Town Hall' sessions, then everyone has a chance to be 'heard,' and no one gets to complain that their ideas weren't taken into account when the university/corporation does something that makes monetary but not intellectual sense." Oh yeah, that's right. That's how it all works.
The notion that this Strategic Positioning (a university needs to position? what about teaching and research) is essentially copied directly from the Enron and Halliburton mission statements is hardly reassuring. That was a deliberate, ironic ploy, right? Has to be!Posted by duver001 at October 22, 2004 10:49 AM