Here’s a rule for college presidents: Don’t imply that the brains of your alumni are mush.
William E. Cooper, president of the University of Richmond, inadvertently did so, and he’s now doing damage control.
In 1997, Elaine Seymour was one of the authors of Talking About Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences (Westview). She found that a reason cited by student after student -- at a range of institutions -- was poor teaching. And at many institutions, teaching assistants were a major part of the problem.