Survey Results: What Surprised People When They First Started Working in Higher Ed | Inside Higher Ed | HigherEd Technology 2013 |

The most common response was shock around the politics.  Here are a few responses:


From an administrator: “The politics. You hear about it, but when it is seen and affects you for the first time, there is no way to be ready for it.”From someone who teaches and is an administrator: “I was surprised at first by the complexity and subtlety of institutional politics, both inside the faculty and between faculty and administration.”From someone in a business role: “POLITICS.”From someone who classified themselves as “other:” “The amount of office politics and territorial defensiveness.”
Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)