The realm of higher education is precariously straddling the line between academic institution and profitable business. One of these serves the student for the good of education; the other serves the student only for the prospect of a tuition check.
Was there a moral or ethical breach by Helen Dragas or others on the UVA Board of Visitors? Not in my view.There is good evidence now, however, that Dragas, Kington, and other wealthy donors were seduced by their own groupthink.
Unless we use technology to reinvent our current systems of education, we all will suffer as more and more people are left behind the learning curve, and left behind the mainstream of world economic development.
On the Sullivan question, the faculty stance is well-known. Contrary to the myth of lazy professors, the Faculty Senate worked hard to support Sullivan.
Let's stop trashing academic governance while exalting corporate governance as perfect. There's a need for governance reform in many businesses, and it all coalesces around innovation, speed to market, inclusion of those affected and ethics.
The university will survive this difficult period. Yet UVA's leaders, including Sullivan, would do well to identify the lessons about leadership to be learned from this episode.
Whether Mark Kington's resignation Tuesday came from moral acknowledgement of wrongdoing or a panicked response to public frustration, his stepping down has been the only true statement he's made.
At Alma College, the pressures are many as well and considerably more existential in nature than for the elite institutions across the land.
They've called for a leap into online learning, but demonstrate no understanding of that field. They use the popular language of disruption theory without understanding any of its mechanisms. This would make a good comedy if we were viewing it in the distant past. Instead it's a tragedy.
The recent firing of University of Virginia (UVA) President Teresa Sullivan is a classic case of how ethnocentric thinking produces devastating social, political and educational results.
The decision to force University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan's resignation has rightfully been met with anger and dismay, especially coming from a university that prides itself on trust and honor.
We don't need this. School starts in August. The interim president will have no confidence from the community -- let alone the Board, whose lasting support we all know of. We are not at the point of no return.
I have no special insight into what might have caused Teresa Sullivan's abrupt departure as president of UVA. However, having been a college president for two decades, I do know this: these are not jobs for people with a low tolerance for risk.
Students deserve an explanation about our president's resignation. If mistakes were made, students should know specifically what the next president ought to improve on, so we can best participate in assessing a new candidate.
What I respect most about Professor Bond is his belief in human rights in the broadest sense -- not just the rights of African Americans, but the rights of all Americans, black or white, straight or gay, young or old.
While ostensibly generating money for the charity, the event first and foremost encourages the practice of hardcore drinking.