Or, stating the bleedin’ obvious.
And here it comes:
September 18, 2013
By Dan Berrett
Americans adults and employers want colleges to produce graduates who can think critically and creatively, and can communicate orally and in writing, according to the results of a public-opinion survey released by Northeastern University here on Tuesday.
Now, consider any possible alternative to those propositions …
Perhaps we should now revisit John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University, which begins:
If I were asked to describe as briefly and popularly as I could, what a University was, I should draw my answer from its ancient designation of a Studium Generale, or “School of Universal Learning.” This description implies the assemblage of strangers from all parts in one spot;—from all parts; else, how will you find professors and students for every department of knowledge? and in one spot; else, how can there be any school at all? Accordingly, in its simple and rudimental form, it is a school of knowledge of every kind, consisting of teachers and learners from every quarter. Many things are requisite to complete and satisfy the idea embodied in this description; but such as this a University seems to be in its essence, a place for the communication and circulation of thought, by means of personal intercourse, through a wide extent of country.
Note the requisites:
- learning (and that “Universal”, rather than a mere grind-factory in one specific discipline);
- communication and circulation of thought.
And the greatest of these is the last.