Jenna Johnson’s Washington Post story is here. The actual panel report is here. The notion is that UVA would give up its approximately $150M state appropriation in return for a qualitatively more independent status, allowing it to be more agile in attracting the best students and faculty.
As the WAPO story makes clear, there’s likely to be substantial pushback.
In today’s NYT magazine, Andrew Rice’s Anatomy of a Campus Coup, here. This is a saga that wont go away. Reading the comments section is actually enlightening for once–the consensus seems to be that it wont go away because, counter to the conventional wisdom about academics, the stakes are so high.
From today’s Richmond Times Dispatch, here. Money quote:
“It’s fair to say that higher education is under attack nationally, and the attack is not purely financial,” Sullivan said Wednesday in the first lecture of the season for the U.Va. Miller Center.
“Many of the fundamental values of higher learning are being questioned,” she said, including “the essential value of a college education … and even the notion of public education as an instrument of the public good.”
Sounds to me like the Summer Crisis at UVA hasn’t completely subsided….
This has been a quiet week here at George Mason–the campus has definitely entered the summer slows, with less traffic (both of the motorized and animal types). This in spite of the campus excitement from our sister institution to the south.
At Krasnow, I’ve taken advantage of the quiet to work on several projects that require reflection, while at the same time, touring laboratories to keep in touch with the various scientific programs at our institute. I’m continually amazed by the research at Krasnow–it’s both imaginative and demanding–exactly what we want at an institute for advanced study.
The weather has seen fit to mark the astronomical solstice by reverting to the normal summer Washington DC pattern of extreme heat and high humidity. It’s definitely a good time for air conditioning.
Next week however things change. I’ll be at the National Science Foundation early in the week for a workshop on convergent technologies and then out to Sandia National Labs midweek for a review of the cognitive sciences program finishing up with a quick meeting at the Santa Fe Institute to talk about future collaborations. If I’m lucky, I’ll get back before midnight on Friday.
I’m hoping to get some good blog posts in from the road to break things up.