“Universities need to innovate, but put down the sledgehammer”
Over on the Inside Agenda Blog, there is an excellent piece by Emmett Macfarlane, a professor at the University of Waterloo. In it, he explains that there is a need for universities to be innovative, but that the current proposals for change (such as MOOCs or teaching-only institutions) are not the panaceas they are made out to be. Moreover, the currently monologue around university reform ignores the great deal of innovation already occurring within our universities.
Macfarlane also recognizes the importance of keeping research and teaching connected:
But completely divorcing research and teaching runs contrary to the underlining purpose and benefit of universities: we should want our students taught and trained by actively-engaged experts of their respective fields.
The whole piece is very thoughtful, and can be accessed here.