Read recently an article, "Our Universities: Why Are They Failing?" by Anthony Grafton. A very timely read since we just had our Faculty Conference a few days back. There we assessed our own performance and planned how we could improve as a university.
There's an interesting point that Grafton raises about how universities reconfigured themselves over the years. Seems like the trend is lesser emphasis on teaching and more on research. This is precisely what our university aims to be - a research university.
While there is definitely a benefit to this - not only will it advance knowledge and inform classroom learning, it might also result in profitable patents and whatnot - the downside, as Grafton points out, is the decline in the quality of teaching.
So perhaps we need to define how becoming a research university will also mean graduating students fully equipped for employment.
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