1. Restructure the curriculum, beginning with graduate programs and proceeding as quickly as possible to undergraduate programs. . . .Read the whole thing to see why he thinks the university needs restructured reform and rigorous regulation, and for more details on his alternative proposal.
2. Abolish permanent departments, even for undergraduate education, and create problem-focused programs. . . .
3. Increase collaboration among institutions. . . . .
4. Transform the traditional dissertation. . . .
5. Expand the range of professional options for graduate students. . . .
6. Impose mandatory retirement and abolish tenure. . . .
Monday, April 27, 2009
Mark Taylor, chairman of the religion department at Columbia, has a very interesting op-ed in the NYT on the major steps it will take to reform institutions of higher learning in order to make them “more agile, adaptive and imaginative”: