University and college administrators are acting like first-year K-12 teachers in dealing with the pandemic.
As many articles document, they are leading with threats and punishments. The University of California campus in Davis, California, where I live, is even hiring student “advisors” to report on students violating social distancing rules.
An NPR story today highlights how, as any experienced K-12 teacher knows, that approach is doomed to fail.
The strategies that work including relationship-building, positive reinforcement, and providing positive alternatives, with negative consequences being the last resort and not what you lead with!
Perhaps some college presidents should read: