Recently I received an invitation to “a lively discussion” at the National Press Club in Washington DC between Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s VP and editorial director, and “thought leaders”, including Terry W. Hartle, senior VP of Government and Public Affairs at the American Council on Education and Douglas Hotlz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum. As well as Carrie Hansen, Product Manager, NorthStar Education Services, Dr. Bronte Jones, Treasurer, St. John’s College, and Vince Sampson, President, Education Finance Council”
Their goal? “Develop evidence-based solutions to escalating student default rates that will help all students.”
Who’s sponsoring it? “The Career Education Corporation” and “The Education Finance Council.” The education finance council is paid to sell a college education loan to “special populations” while NorthStar Education Services is paid to enforce student loan debts.
Based on the sponsors and the speakers, do you think that this particular discussion is going to
A.) Stop the corporatization of American education?
B.) Help students get out of debt or
C.) Make conditions more difficult for every student by insisting they pay back their loans no matter HOW BIG the debt?
What do you think boys and girls?
In the grand traditions of David Thorne at 27slashb, I had to have a go.
I’ve written before about how you will be passed over for someone with an MBA, and no nonprofit experience, not because you don’t have enough nonprofit experience, but because you have too much. You see, academic or nonprofit experience now means that you’re not an “outsider” enough to “take decisive action” and “lead with dynamism” – aka fire a whole bunch of people and turn a quick profit. Naturally, this is my response:
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Have you ever wanted to move up in your nonprofit, but seen that people with MBAs seemed to be getting the top jobs?
WHY IS THAT?
This post will tell you why. And what happens when people with no nonprofit experience try to do nonprofit executive level jobs.
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