Institutions can regain public trust by reasserting and demonstrating teaching as a priority: Opinion


Rather than the commonly suspected issues of administrative bloat or cancel culture, Barbara Snyder and Holden Thorp assert that the culprit behind the declining public confidence in higher education may be the “impossible task … of simultaneously pleasing multiple, often contradictory constituencies.” The authors state that presidents and chancellors are expected to fulfill tasks that range from lobbying politicians, making statements on international events, and appearing at all campus events, all the while ensuring the quality of education and welfare of students on campus and delivering groundbreaking research. Snyder and Thorp write that, to achieve success and regain the public’s confidence, institutions must clearly prioritize undergraduate education and repeatedly demonstrate that priority over other activities. Chronicle of Higher Ed Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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