Higher Education or Just a New Form of Community Organizing?

Thanks to Syracuse alum Forbes Tuttle for sending me the following, from the university’s website, about Syracuse University’s chancellor, Nancy Cantor. He finds this indicative of the drift of the contemporary university, and it certainly is (emphasis added):

As the eleventh Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, Nancy Cantor is helping forge a new understanding of the role of universities in society as SU pursues its vision, Scholarship in Action. This entails a view of the university not as a traditional “ivory tower,” but as a public good, an anchor institution that collaborates with partners from all sectors of the economy to more effectively serve the needs of society.

Under Chancellor Cantor’s leadership, Syracuse University is building on its historical strengths, pursing cross-sector collaborations in the City of Syracuse that simultaneously enrich scholarship and education, and change the face of this older industrial city. Meanwhile, these local engagements in key areas such as environmental sustainability; art, technology, and design; and urban school reform resonate nationally and globally and demonstrate the interconnectedness of the pressing issues of our world.

[. . .]

Chancellor Cantor lectures and writes extensively on the role of universities as anchor institutions in their communities, along with other crucial issues in higher education such as sustainability, liberal education and the creative campus, the status of women in the academy, and racial justice and diversity. Her thought is informed by extensive leadership experience at all levels within public and private universities.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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