A tetrahedron is a commonly called a three-sided pyramid, even though it has four sides.  Each side is an equilateral triangle.  One side is not more important than another.  Change the dimension of one of the triangles, and the whole object must adjust to accommodate the change and to maintain its shape.  Three of the sides are visible, and refer to the process of marketing leads to enrollment which leads to retention which leads to marketing.  The base is development.  However, there is a fifth side to complete the system – the side which no one sees – and that’s the “in”side.  Asset management connects each side to each other completely – rather than just at the edges.

There are four other systems such as this in our schools, for a total of five systems, that are at work.  If any element of the system is missing, the entire system suffers.

If you’d like to read more about the systems thinking that’s at work in education, or, more correctly, that needs to be realized is at work in education in order to make it work, visit the SchoolAdvancement Systems Thinking blog at http://www.tetrahedronics.com.