Sunday, March 27, 2011
The UT System Board of Regents, led by Chairman Gene Powell, has hired consultants who have publicly stated the fundamental view that academic research is not valuable and that tenured faculty could be replaced by lower-cost lecturers. These consultants propose a formula that excludes research in valuing faculty. They only want to look at any immediate financial value of research that can be proven on a current basis.
This report comes from the President of the alumni association of the University of Texas, and it is appalling in what it says about how the overseers of higher education in a major state understand the purposes of academia. Although many would agree that higher education faculty should devote more time to teaching and less to scholarship, the apparent thinking of the Board of Regents goes too far. Here is the letter from the head of the alumni association. The slogan of the University of Texas is “The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You.” As applied to the Regents, they certainly are.
(ljs--a UT Law Alum)