Organizations can act wisely. They can, however, also act stupidly. The question then becomes, can we create wise organizations on purpose?
What we have, here, is a value conflict. The powers-that-be have a budget to manage, and so they value fiscal sustainability. Instructors, conversely, have students to teach. They value quality education. Who should win?
One of the perks of having power is you get to do what you want. Sometimes when you see a powerful group acting irrationally, it is not because they're stupid. It's because they have sufficient power to ignore what's sensible without consequence.
Are we a wise civilization? Can we grow wiser? Being cynical about these questions is easy. The news shows us we are always on the brink of disaster, and, let's be honest, the comments section of most social media posts does not engender a spirit of optimism about humanity's collective wisdom. Yet, consider the following.