We are at a unique low in the history of American higher education but also at an opportune time to restore higher education to its former glory and grandeur if we can fully accept two simple facts and obtain cooperation among the four most important entities that control higher education (“Charles Murray shouted down on campus: ‘Liberal tolerance’ is an assault on self-governance itself,” March 5, 2017).
The two facts are first that most administrators do not have tenure and second that American colleges and universities are facing unprecedented and dire financial exigencies. The four entities that I would encourage to band together to find common ground in the restoration of quality and freedom of inquiry at America’s campuses are: boards of trustees, private donors, state legislators and the United States Department of Education, and more specifically its Office for Civil Rights.
If these six dots can be connected, McCarthyism can be eliminated on America’s college and university campuses and our next generations of leaders can receive the kind of education that they need and deserve.
The letter above was published in The Hill on Tuesday March 14, 2017.
Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Florida International University, Miami, Fla.