Thursday, May 19, 2011

Whose University? The Decline of the Commonwealth, and its Meaning for Higher Education Speech By Mark Yudof

Yudof's speech has some very strange pivots in it on public and private and - his view - that undergrads somehow automatically benefit from profs who are distinct from other faculty because they are "faculty who are creators of knowledge—in other words, those who do more than just transmit the accepted wisdom."-how so?-and he does not address how we also see those same faculty members start their own corporations and turn their public research/ public good into a private enterprise -- his comments were puzzling on a couple of fronts - but it is an interesting read for how he frames the public v. private in his own mind and his answer to the question: "whose university?". But it is limited in many ways-- Yudof, for instance, can't address the dynamic created by having very private UC Regents running the worlds greatest multi multi billion dollar public university system...

Whose University? The Decline of the Commonwealth, and its Meaning for Higher Education Speech By UC President Mark G. Yudof at American Law Institute Annual Meeting Keynote Speech Westin St. Francis – San Francisco, CA on May 17, 2011

He also says "California’s state government has a $26 billion budget deficit." and that is a political not an econ problem.

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