Someone doesn't know me all that well: Focus Group Edition

Mar 11 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

In my email came the following. We will ignore bad grammar. We will ignore irritating buzzwords ("stakeholder"). We will chortle at the ignorance of this assignment:

Dear Focus Group: You are invited to this Focus Group on behalf of Strategic Leadership Associates, Inc. and the College of Graduate Studies as an important part of the strategic planning process.  As a key stakeholder, you represent a very important constituent of the College of Graduate Studies and your views regarding its current and future services are very important to the planning process. 

Below, I have listed the logistics of the Focus Group you will be part of:

FOCUS GROUP:                      Graduate Students                                DATE:      Wednesday, March 18, 2015 TIME: 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.  

Your views will be used to help us as we develop a 5-year strategic plan.  Please deliver me ( )an RSVP so that space can be accommodated for.

I have been quite outspoken at my new almost-MRU that we are training too many grad students. That we aren't supporting the ones we have well enough. That saying "well my students get postdocs" is not a sufficient answer. I have been (gently, politely) requested to keep these objections to the appropriate venues and not bring them up at every discussions I think relevant. I am fairly sure that the organizer of this endeavor is unaware of my, shall we say, proclivities?

I do see this as a clarion call for a discussion.

2 responses so far

  • Sam says:

    Ugh, I am so sick of deanspeak. Stakeholders, deliverables, actionable, visioning, transformational, etc.

    And they hired yet another external company...

    Instead of a hiring freeze, can we have a contracting with consultants freeze?

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