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University Presidents Acknowledge That Academia’s Brand Has Been Damaged

University Presidents Acknowledge That Academia’s Brand Has Been Damaged

“It’s not enough anymore to just say, ‘trust us,'”

The campus protests at Mizzou may have been a tipping point. It tool campus leaders long enough to figure it out.

Politico reports:

University presidents: We’ve been blindsided

University presidents say they have been blindsided by charges that they are catering to the wealthy at the same moment that conservatives attack them for elitism, turning their once-untouchable institutions into political punching bags.

POLITICO talked to more than a dozen college and university presidents, from small colleges to Ivy League universities and top public institutions, who expressed fear that they’re losing public and political support at an alarming rate.

The GOP’s tax plan is the clearest and most recent example of that backlash – and college presidents say it was a wake-up call. While the colleges successfully fended off some aspects of the plan they detested the most, the sweeping changes to the tax code would still target universities in a way they’ve never been targeted before, taxing the richest private schools’ endowments.

Chastened, university presidents acknowledge they bear some responsibility.

“It’s not enough anymore to just say, ‘trust us,'” Yale President Peter Salovey said. “There is an attempt to build a narrative of colleges and universities as out of touch and not politically diverse, and I think … we have a responsibility to counter that — both in actions and in how we present ourselves.”

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An absolutely incredible grasp of the blindingly obvious…

legalizehazing | December 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Derp. You let the loudest voices be the stupid Libs..

The lesson is depower rather than empower those thoughtless morons giving you a bad name. Boston etc should take notes on Stanford and Berkley, and draw a sharp distinction lol

Thank you, Captain Obvious. Letting violent liberal morons and whiners be the face of higher education was not the brightest move. Suck it up, Buttercup, doesn’t begin to describe what you need to do next, Dude.

Paul In Sweden | December 21, 2017 at 8:41 pm

Yale President Peter Salovey said. “There is an attempt to build a narrative of colleges and universities as out of touch and not politically diverse, and I think … we have a responsibility to counter that — both in actions and in how we present ourselves.”

How we present ourselves seems to mean more BS PR and lip service and as for action, I see none of it. There is no effort to diversify the lopsided far left bias in faculty hires or retention.

    The college where I last worked had an obvious political criterion on their rating sheet for potential faculty hires. The criterion was “Commitment to Diversity.” “Diversity” is the current PC term for racial and sexual discrimination in colleges and universities. “Diversity” means that a Chinese female needs 400 more points on her Harvard application than a black male.

    So the purpose of the “Commitment to Diversity” criterion is to make sure all faculty hires are willing to turn a blind eye to racial and sexual discrimination. At my college, the racial discrimination was obvious and pervasive. My advice to the few moderate candidates (we had no conservative candidates) was simply to lie and act like a SJW.

“Chastened, university presidents acknowledge they bear some responsibility.”

“…some responsibility.”

This is funny. And, according the university presidents, university presidents are the smart people among the smart people.

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