24 August 2009

Missing in Action: The Great Corner Brook University

The short history of a curious idea.

2007:  Promise to grant Sir Wilfred Grenfell College “more autonomy” regardless of cost implications among other things.

2008:   Promise legislation by fall;  fail to deliver.  Make (up) excuses.

2009:  Still no legislationDodge hard questions.

Maybe a problem with finding students – something your humble e-scribbler noted as a major deficiency in the original consultants’ report – is another reason for the inexplicable delay in the whole Grenfell autonomy “piece.”

There is no analysis of the possible student market.  This is a critical shortcoming since the report authors recommend doubling the size of the student population in short order, from a current enrolment of about 1,150 (not including 200 nursing students) to about 2,000.

In any event, just add Grenfell “autonomy’ as another government initiative on the MIA list.



towniebastard said...

I'm perfectly all right with it going MIA as it was an idiot idea in the first place. It would be nice if the government would admit it was an idiot idea, but I've yet to see a government in Newfoundland, Canada or the world admit that an idea that they loudly promoted was, in fact, really stupid.

So if the government wants to let it quietly fade away, I think that's a good move.

Edward G. Hollett said...

No argument here, Craig as I think you already know.

Grenfell seems to be very typical of how decisions get made these days and in that respect it is both interesting and instructive.

Many of the items on the MIA list are ones that either turned out to be stinky/bad ideas or ones that just dropped out of favour or for which there was no real commitment in the first place.

That said, I have encoutnered a great many people who share the view that government seems to be inordinately slow and cumbersome these days. Things tend to be very slow moving if they move at all.

And just to repeat myself, it all goes back to the things I wrote way back at the beginning about one thing at a time, the intense pressures of government any way and as a concequence the very serious administrative problems that exist out of public view in the current administration.