Wednesday, June 3, 2015

In Praise of Academe

Inside Higher Ed
June 2nd, 2015


Sunday afternoon as I drove back from a meeting with my student mentee—assigned through the graduate program in which I teach — I reflected about the impact of our sector, higher education. This was triggered by a statement she made about not liking school, a view largely shaped by her undergraduate experience. No other industry has such deep reach and profound effect on people. We educate, shape minds and beliefs, raise consciousness, empower, nurture, and help people attain, maintain, and improve their social status, among other things that we do. We prepare them to lead and live as citizens and professionals. Sure, there are doctors, human rights lawyers, researchers of cures for diseases whose contributions also rise high on the list of impactful careers. We, in higher education train them also.

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