Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why Research Universities Should Be Led by Top Scholars

I think I will take the contrarian view. Maybe looking backwards it might have made sense, but I'm not so sure looking forward. Experts (scientists) are not the best for dealing with complexity. Increasingly the issues facing higher education are complex not complicated. I will agree, however, that we don't need managers either.

How about leaders who sense that the world is changing, and have the guts to try bold new experiments in response.

1 comment:

Bud Gibson said...

Hard not to agree about 1 million % on this one. I think traditional science disciplines often lead to just more conventional thinking, not innovative thinking. I hold up Einstein's early academic career in the patent office as my poster child for this view.