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The Teaching College Model Works


In today’s Clarion Call, I write about the experience of Lindenwood University, a small school that had a near-death experience years ago and survived because its president adopted a teaching-centered model that broomed out faculty research, tenure, boutique courses, and unnecessary administrators.

The author of the book that’s at the center of my article, Edward Morris, dean of Lindenwood’s management division, comes down hard on the notion that professors should have light teaching loads to allow ample time for research. He makes a solid case that research mania drives up tuition with scarcely any offsetting benefit.

Schools that want to succeed in the years ahead — which I believe will see students and parents looking more and more for sound educational value rather than just a degree — ought to follow the sage advice that Morris has to offer.


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