Over the past couple of months we have been treated with an in-depth examination of the rot that permeates American higher education, particularly at its most elite colleges and universities. It hasn’t been pretty, but is has been instructive for America’s opinion leadership. With the transparency offered by the congressional testimony of Harvard’s President, the now resigned Claudine Gay, and its follow up, we have a much better perspective on the undermining of the mission of American higher education, primarily with its abandonment of its primary mission to seek the truth to one of seeking “social justice” or, as Ms. Gay might say, “my truth”.
The better news from this episode may be that, finally, it appears that the people of America have been awakened to the damage that has been done and are ready to do something about it. And it won’t be easy. The progressive left has been on the march for at least 60-80 years to get to this point and the problems run deeply in the higher education culture and structure. Reform starts with returning to the mission and uprooting systems like the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness (DEI) programs that permeate every aspect of university life. Some say this transformation must be “measured and persistent” and I agree, but it must be aggressive to the point of revolutionary, and for a look at a good model, see the new University of Austin. Let us begin.