SEATTLE -- Stories abound in higher education about professors with short memories about faculty life once they are promoted into the dean's office or the administration building. Nothing is more galling to many professors than the sense that Dean Jones or Vice Provost Smith really should know better -- they were so nice, after all, when they had the (smaller) office next door and shared teaching duties.
WASHINGTON -- Noting that the United States created land-grant colleges in the middle of the Civil War, E. Gordon Gee told his fellow college presidents Sunday evening that the current economic crisis is no reason not to consider bold and far-reaching reforms of the institutions. "I am calling for intentional upheaval at our colleges and universities just when fiscal chaos already places us on the edge," Gee said here at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education.
The choice for higher education, he said: "reinvention or extinction."