What makes this move so newsworthy is the fact that the reputable University of Texas at Austin is the victim of this “desertion.” Here we have a veteran faculty member in the UT College of Education going over to the “dark side” with the usual and predictable mention of the inability of UT to respond to moves like this given the cutbacks in higher education budgets in Texas. Could it be that the “dark side” is the “enlightened side”, unencumbered by traditions of faculty and department control of curriculum that has been known to slow things up when universities are responding to rapid changes in the marketplace and community of ideas? Can we always assume that all of the obstacles preventing a fine university like the University of Texas from competing with the private sector is about a declining state appropriation.
I doubt it.
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