Higher Education: Academic Vs. Corporate Values? (Opinion)

Ann McClure's picture
Monday, July 2, 2012

The University of Virginia has gotten its feet under it again. Hallelujah. We should all raise a glass.

Yet we should also take seriously the issues underscored by recent events. The controversy over President Teresa Sullivan's ouster and reinstatement was framed as a question of whether academic or corporate values should govern higher education.

This is the wrong framing. If we faculty rely on it, we will miss important questions.

The right question is how any given institution of higher education should attack its long-range ambitions.

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