Survey Results: What Surprised People When They First Started Working in Higher Ed | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links |

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.”