Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Good news, bad news

The good news is that someone thought to do this.

The bad news is how desperately McGill needs it-- and how unlikely I fear it is that any reforms will actually happen as a consequence.

Cut the red tape contest

Can you identify a policy or process at McGill that has, or appears to have, no sound academic or administrative justification and that impairs service to current or prospective students?

Do you have an idea that we can implement to resolve the issue you have identified? What would work best for you? How would you like to see it resolved?

Send us your suggestions by February 22, 2008. The 10 best entries, judged on impact, cost/benefit, and innovation, received by that date will win $100 each.

While we may not be able to do away with all of the red tape on campus, we will bring the issues you submit to the attention of the responsible unit and report back to contestants about what progress we can make.

"No sound academic or administrative justification" is a demanding standard. It's the equivalent of asking for laws that would fail rational basis review in a U.S. court.

I expect there to be at least dozens of viable entries.