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Monday, April 03, 2006

In Defense of the University--Tenure and All

This, from Marginal Revolution, from Tyler Cowen's book Good and Plenty:

"The university also injects diversity into the broader societal discovery process. Faculty tenure is based on two principles: free inquiry and intellectual autonomy. Taken together, these principles also could be described by the less favorable sounding phrase "lack of accountability." A tenured faculty member simply is not very accountable to deans and department chairs. This absence of accountability, while it comes under heavy criticism, is part of the virtue of the university. The university works by generating and evaluating ideas according to novel and independent principles, relative to the rest of society."

And there's more there--and in the book.


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