In the wake of many tragic current events, schools across the nation are aggressively evaluating their current security solutions to ensure they are prepared for emergencies on campus.
If there is an unequivocal given in higher education, often it is this: change comes at glacial speed.
During his first year as a dean of the Stanford Law School, Larry Kramer spent most of it talking and listening to people-students, faculty, alumni, venture entrepreneurs, the various "consumers" of the school's "product," its graduates.
In the world of academe, each new academic year offers the sense of excitement and hope.
Not long ago, while touring a rural, tree-lined campus in Ohio, the president of a small, under-endowed liberal arts college asked me what new facility would turn around their dwindling admissions. Did they need a new airy atrium in the student union, with wireless internet and cappuccino?