Priceless little poem from one of my higher education colleagues about a budget overview given by Tim Rooney on Wednesday. Maybe sharing the budget breakdown in poetry can be one of our more creative ways to make the budget “insider baseball” stuff more accessible.
**Editors note: I originally published this post on our Advanced Reporting class blog.**
Why don’t people care about tuition increases? Is it something we did? Is it something we said?
Because I’m always a little hurt when the things we’re writing about for higher education aren’t consistently on the most read list, and you never seem to hear Joy praising the analytics of the most popular “strategic financial planning and assumptions” article.
Tom told you higher education is the company in the company town. George Kennedy told you that MU is a $2 billion business and that MU’s weekly payroll is around $16 million. Hell, in Columbia, you can’t spit without hitting something funded directly (or indirectly) by higher education.
So tell me, what do we need to do get people’s attention? How do we convince people of the importance of every Board of Curators decision?
We write articles, we tweet, we blog, we make graphics, we share, we engage — I even wrote an opinion piece in December, after the announcement of the new president. At this point, I’m not sure what we haven’t tried.
But I think I know what makes the difference: I see the connection from curator to student in every decision the board makes.
For people to care, they need to see what I see. To do that I think we need to come up with something new — something very different — to get people’s attention.
But I just haven’t quite figured out what that is.