Join the Team

Want to be a co-founder?

We are looking to build a core team of between 3 and 7 people who will see Q4Colleges through until the end of December, 2012.

Do you think you have what it takes to be a co-founder of

Do you know someone who does?


We are looking to form a core team of between 3 and 7 dedicated people committed to seeing this project through to completion.

Here is our timeline.

  • July-Sept 2011: Core team forms and website build-out.
  • Sept 2011 – Jan 2012: Publicize Q4Colleges and build support among students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, the press, etc.
  • Feb 2012: Final question selection, release to College Presidents and the Press.
  • July 2012: Deadline for responses from Presidents
  • July-Aug 2012: Content creation for on-line answers (and those who don’t answer).
  • Sept 2012: Answers released on-line.
  • Sept-Dec 2012: Invite students, parents, alumni, and press to ask non-responders why they did not participate.
  • Dec 2012: Publish reasons given and late responses.
  • Dec 31, 2012: Final Deadline for 2012 Campaign.
  • Jan 2013: Campaign for 2013 begins.

Before you decide to join our core team ask yourself:

  • Do I want to have a significant impact on the discourse regarding higher education?
  • Do I agree with the approach proposed by Q4Colleges?
  • Can I stick with it all the way to the end of 2012?
  • How much time can I devote each week? Does it vary throughout the year? (We’re scheduling this so that the majority of the work will occur during the summer of 2012.)
  • Do I know people who can share the burden with me?
  • In what ways can I contribute?
  • How do I feel about failure?
  • How good am I at working with others?
  • Because some people may see Q4Colleges as upsetting the status quo and say and do things to upset us in return, do I have the stomach for that?
  • Do I know what’s in it for me?

We want you to take the question of “What’s in it for you?” seriously. The reason is that often people start a project with altruistic motives, and we certainly hope that will be the case with you. But as things get difficult (and they certainly will for us), the question arises, “Is this worth it?”

Most people won’t appreciate what we’re trying to do until it is all done, and even then there are lots of reasons we might not receive lots of love, not the least of which might be that this is really not a good idea, or even if it is, we do a bad job implementing it. Therefore, to succeed, you’re going to have to be very good at the whole “delayed gratification” thing and even better at not being upset if in the end what you receive is not reward by an educational experience (as in what not to do).

You might want to join us if you are a:

  • Student who can work on this as a thesis project or school credit.
  • Academic on sabbatical or with light research/teaching load.
  • Retired or have independent means and are passionate about higher education.
  • Non-working spouse whose children are at school or have left home.

If you are a philanthropist or business person who is supportive of us then we would be very happy if you were to pay or otherwise underwrite someone who will labor on your behalf. We do not, however, take money donations at this time.

Ways you might benefit:

  • Make connections and meet interesting and important people.
  • Make a name for yourself.
  • Get experience on “crowd sourcing” the solution to a problem.
  • Gain experience in social entrepreneurship.

If you think you are interested in being a member of our core group, then write immediately to Brooke Allen at: and introduce yourself.

If you know someone who might be interested, write and make an introduction.


If you do not want to be part of the core team, we still would like you to volunteer.


If you know of other types of people who might want to join us, other benefits, or suggestions of how we might improve this page, please post a comment below.



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