- In a satirical response to MOOCs, Johns Hopkins University professor and "The Fall of the Faculty" author Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg has proposed "massive open online administrations," or MOOAs.
- The idea behind MOOAs is that one experienced group of administrators making decisions for hundreds of campuses at once would eliminate the need for colleges and universities to deal with the same administrative issues independently, allowing them to let most of their administrators go and save a substantial amount of money in the process.
- Responding to whether the approach was realistic when considering the diversity of problems faced by thousands of institutions, Ginsberg said MOOAs would take the "best practices" philosophy a step further, formalizing it into single plans for all colleges.
From the article:
... "Studies show that about 30 percent of the cost increases in higher education over the past twenty-five years have been the result of administrative growth," Ginsberg noted. He suggested that MOOA can reverse this spending growth. "Currently, hundreds, even thousands, of vice provosts and assistant deans attend the same meetings and undertake the same activities on campuses around the U.S. every day," he said. "Imagine the cost savings if one vice provost could make these decisions for hundreds of campuses." ...