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Empty desks

No matter how fancy or cheap, all undergraduate programs have one thing in common: classes with plenty of empty desks.

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Through-out my 15 years of consulting work with more than 30 universities, I have found that universities and colleges are not the best examples of efficient organizations. There are many reasons for that, but one of the main ones is related to the fact that many are non-profit organizations that do not have it in their mission to maximize financial return. Research universities have student-to-faculty ratios as low as 4, but even student-centered universities have ratios as low as 10-18. Higher ratios of 21-24 can perfectly allow for good quality education because they can be set to imply student classes of less than 30 students, and would allow the sector to be much more efficient and reach a much broader population.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Can we think of other industries that have dealt successfully with low capacity utilization? What can we learn from the airline and hotel industries?

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Hi Daniel, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.