A scandal at Harvard University could indict a hundred-plus students for cheating on an exam last spring.
Now that the political struggles have settled somewhat at The University of Virginia, it's time to get down to what's really important at Mr. Jefferson's academical village.
The lessons at UVA are not lost on those of us in higher education, or on any executives who manage corporations and other complex organizations.
The role of global, national and regional NGOs/nonprofits is to improve lives, communities and our world. Only a high-performing board -- in partnership with the CEO -- can truly achieve the organization's mission.
What can we learn from UVA? When we neglect the need to be collaborative and communicative with the wide variety of stakeholders, something bad is going to happen.
Universities are not businesses, but they must be run more efficiently. They are not vocational schools, but they must send their students into the world prepared to be both strong citizens and capable workers. And they must continue to be centers of discovery and scholarship.
The Board's second-vote encore would have been a fitting end to the University drama -- if the goal had been merely to reinstate Sullivan. From the beginning, however, the debate was about information.
Everyone, it seems, is now interested in the politics of higher education -- a topic that used to be downright obscure. This suggests to me that there is a crisis brewing.
The start of the off-season for college counselors was sufficiently trampled last week with college news that makes you wonder what the future looks like.
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.