The forces that appear to threaten universities provide the perfect opportunity for institutions to be able to do their job in a changing social milieu. What appears to contradict or undermine purpose is, in reality, a recovery of strength.
“Evil [a baseless challenge to what is right, my addition] has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.”
John Henry Cardinal Newman
Sometimes I’m an alarmist. I see changes in higher education that give me pause.
Alarmingly, student preparedness compared to a few generations ago is slipping. Students arrive on campus with low math, science and reading skills: a challenge perceived by many educators during most of the last half of the 20th century. To be sure, public expectations have increased as more families see universities as a means to economic security, regardless of student aptitude or demonstrated ability.