Folks, we are all guilty of taking photos of "fall" with wretch-worthy hashtags, but try to refrain. If for no other reason, they are getting in the way of the funny drunken photos that pop up on our feeds.
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 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.