Students know that turning an essay in late and with errors can cost them. The mistakes are magnified when they occur in a University's apologia to preserve accreditation. We hope SACS will grade kindly.
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.
As Virginia's flagship university begins to heal and deal with the many tough decisions that undoubtedly lie ahead, it owes a big debt to Bob McDonnell for focusing minds and getting the institution back on track.
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.