Here’s a post from Tomorrow’s Professor written by a former provost to explain what he learned about the challenges of decision-making and taking action in university culture.
In general I believe that faculty members really don’t want to make the decisions. They want to talk about them, they want to debate, to bark. Which side they’re on isn’t as important as having at least two sides. I came to realize this in an accidental way.
Read the whole post here: Faculty Bark; The Provost Bites