Our Universities: Resource Flows

Sixth in a series on state funding for higher education

If we measure the value of an educational institution solely by the number students enrolled, the number of degrees produced, the research dollars garnered, the books written, the paintings or plays produced, the number of people employed, the cost per student, or the impact on economic development for a city or region, a state or nation, we miss the mark. However, we also fail if we neglect these measures. If we neglect our collective ability to alter the course of life for a single student, we miss the mark. This is the confounding reality of a serious university.

Walter V Wendler