We know what a tiger mom is. What would a tiger university be like? It would be an institution of learning with high expectations and high challenge. All students, faculty, and staff including administrators would be on-time or early to all classes, meetings, and work sites and there would be heavy consequences if they were not. All student, faculty, and staff including administrators would be prepared for all classes, meetings and work duties and there would be heavy consequences if they were not. All assignments to students, faculty, and staff including administrators would on-time, in good order, and responsive to the given task. Working outside one’s comfort zone if required would be expected. Complaints as such would be based on facts, not be personal, and would be intended to improve the task at hand. The work load would be such that students would not have time to party during the week nor could the faculty and staff go home early. Goals would be clear and specific and progress continually monitored. Standards would be high.
Not all mothers can or should be tiger moms and not all universities can or should be tiger universities. For all I know there are a few tiger U’s out there already – possibly the military academies. A university that chose the tiger path would attract some of our best focused students and the faculty and staff they deserve.