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Observations from the eye of the storm

Truths as I see them:

When pricing is a secret, and leads to institutions bickering over who’s right and who’s wrong because “OUR deal is really reasonable, so what are you complaining about?”, there’s something wrong with the system.

When a small 4 year liberal arts college is being charged just under 50% what an ARL is being charged for the same resources, there’s something wrong with the system.

When I start getting multiple emails, Twitter DMs, and other quiet messages telling me that “it’s really broken, and we’re going to cancel, too”, there’s definitely something wrong with the system.

When no one but me will say “we’re going to cancel because there’s something wrong with the system”, there’s something wrong with our discourse.

When no one but me will say it, because when you say it a major publishing company’s response is to say “she has a pottymouth, so we won’t engage with her in public, but we’ll gladly talk to you behind closed doors”, there’s something wrong with our discourse.

When no one but me will say it because their institution would never support them, particularly if they talked about it in public, there’s something wrong with our discourse.

But my Provost has it right. “I’m grateful that Jenica and I work at a college where that kind of discussion is valued,” said Madden.

Very, very grateful. Because the discussion matters. Because the system and the discourse are broken. Because the status quo is broken. Because nothing gets fixed if no one speaks up.

3 Responses to Observations from the eye of the storm

  1. Damn straight!

  2. Local support is key. In fact, so much hinges on this in terms of taking risks for the organization. We each have to travel our own path though it’s nice to have colleagues along the way.

    Now, as for your issue with different prices for the same resources. I’m okay with that. But maybe the problem is really about educational funding rather than vendor pricing. The ARLs can simply pay more because thu get more money/funding. That’s a fact of life in California. Community colleges in California get about 20% the funding of the UCs.

    Not sure if wanted comments to to that direction, but there you have it.

    Keep the faith! Fight the power!

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