Comment to Dean Dad on _Insiderhighere...
Dean Dad, your articles are always an insightful look at the administrator's mind. This was today's gem: "From this side of the desk, I'll just say we don't like surprises like that. At all." Every administrator I've encountered could have a "don't surprise me" maxim on his/her desk, a la "The Buck Stops Here." It's why instructors teach to avoid student complaints and negative reviews; it has a chilling effect on honest assessment of student work and using innovative teaching methods.