Remember when the university was called an “ivory tower”? Bookish college
presidents? Absentminded professors? Befuddled students? These types belong to a distant, perhaps mythic, past. Today no one charges that college presidents are too scholarly, that professors wander about in a fog, or that students know nothing about the “real world.”
More than quaint images have faded; the reality that sustains them crumbles. Many believe it is fine, that the version (and vision) of higher education as an ethereal retreat deserves a death sentence. Universities, retooled, are now plugged in. Yet it’s hardly news that all is not well on campuses. Students are not learning, teachers not teaching, college presidents not presiding....
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