AS AMERICAN AS MOM, APPLE pie, and baseball? As futurists, we think this heretofore timeless axiom could use an extreme makeover to better reflect the popular professional sports of our contemporary culture.
WE ALL SAW IT COMING--THE proverbial handwriting was on the wall. One would have had to be clueless to miss the energy crunch coming down the pipeline, with the cost of gasoline topping $4 per gallon, Northeastern states experiencing a rolling brownout, and families opting to remain at home on “staycations” this past summer. Indeed, with preowned hybrid Toyota Prius cars rarer than hen’s teeth, and with 33,000 signing up for GM’s new electric chariot—the Chevy Volt—the tree-hugging granola folks were not the only ones who felt the pinch on our natural resources last summer.
Flagship is defined as a ship in a fleet that carries the commanding admiral, the best or most important thing owned or produced by a particular organization, according to <em>The New Oxford American Dictionary,</em> (2nd ed.). How does it apply to state colleges today?
BASEBALL LEGEND AND MASTER of the obvious Yogi Berra once said, "The game isn't over until it's over." Truer words were never spoken, especially in the economic context of running a small, tuition dependent college or university. What matters most when adversity exacerbates the vulnerability of fragile institutions is the will not to give up.
So there we were, stuck in another endless focus group, listening to faculty colleagues go on and on about how unfair life is. As proof, virtually all institutions have to play the rankings game or they'll be left out in the cold come fall semester student enrollment and orientation.