Kansas representative explains proposal to study privatization of jobs on public college campuses

By Scott Rothschild · February 22, 2011 · Comment on this

Kansas Rep. Joe McLeland, R-Wichita, on Tuesday explains his proposal to have the Kansas Board of Regents study whether to privatize jobs on public college campuses.

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MyName 7 years, 3 months ago

What a terrible idea. Why do people automatically think that contract workers are going to be cheaper than in house? If student housing, for example, was such a money loser, then WTH doesn't every student just live off campus? And what does he think will happen once we have a "Walmart moment" where we discover that the State of Kansas has been paying contractors that hire illegal immigrants?

MyName 7 years, 3 months ago

I did watch, he wants them to study a terrible idea and see if it's feasible. My guess is he probably has his own fully formed conclusions and is wanting to ram them through the legislative agenda next year, and he wants to use the report as a fig leaf.

He said that a universities job should be "90% about educating people" and "they need to focus on that". Which shows he's: 1) probably not had to manage any large organization involving tens of thousands of people, 2) Doesn't understand that classroom education is only part of the mission in a research university (the other part being research), 3) Seems to think that outsourcing always makes things both cheaper and better, when in fact it's always a tradeoff: either you pay as much or more for the same service, or you get less service and less control for less money.

Blue_Stem 7 years, 2 months ago

When the legislature every go with the experts in the study? They just do what they want, i.e. education.

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