Prescient Lawmaker Challenges Higher Ed Groupthink
It’s been said that higher-education administrators treat regents like mushrooms: “Keep them in the dark and feed them manure.”
Regrettably, some haughty administrators—in my home state of Oklahoma, higher education is known as the fourth branch of government—often treat state lawmakers the same way.
Fortunately, not all lawmakers are content to stay in the dark. Rep. Jason Murphey, a Republican from Guthrie, is chairman of the Government Modernization Committee in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He makes it his business to know about higher education, and in a series of recent columns in a local newspaper he tried to give readers a crash course in higher ed’s inefficiencies and in the disruptive innovation that is changing the entire model.