Implementing a series of proposals that advocate a business-style, market-driven approach to college education would leave Texas lagging behind other states and drive off top students and faculty, according to a new report released today.
In the strongest language yet to come out of The University of Texas, College of Liberal Arts dean Randy Diehl has authored a point-by-point refutation of the much-discussed “seven solutions” for higher education put forth by Jeff Sandefer and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The 20-page document addresses the solutions in detail, pointing out what Diehl describes as the dangers of applying simple tools and one-size-fits-all fixes to a complex teaching and research university like UT.
Here are some of the highlights:
- The University’s graduation rates, low tuition, and limited state support suggest it is already a national leader in promoting efficiency and excellence.
- Using salaries, class sizes, and student evaluations as the main ways to measure quality betrays an oversimplified understanding of teaching and learning.
- Similar initiatives to the proposed solutions have been introduced elsewhere and have yet to demonstrate significant success.
- Research at The University of Texas at Austin has an impact in the classroom and well beyond campus. Separating research and teaching would fundamentally change the mission of the university.
- For-profit educational institutions do not provide models of efficiency or fiscal responsibility.
- Competitive market forces can play a productive role in promoting excellence in higher education but the classroom should not be treated as a marketplace.
The University also announced today the formation of a new task force on graduation rates, chaired by Dean Diehl, who will issue a report by December.
See how news organizations have covered the report:
- Austin American-Statesman: UT dean disputes governor, ‘breakthrough solutions’
- Beaumont Enterprise: UT fires back at Perry plan, says college is not ‘Banana Republic’
- Chronicle of Higher Education: U. of Texas dean blasts higher-education reform agenda
- Houston Chronicle: ‘Seven Solutions’ draws new rebuttal
- Huffington Post: UT rejects Rick Perry’s plan to treat students as ‘customers’ in new proposal
- Inside Higher Ed: Texas dean pushes back at ‘breakthrough solutions’
- KUT: Gov. Perry, UT dean at odds over higher ed changes
- San Antonio Express: UT report takes aim at college ‘solutions’
- Texas Tribune: UT Dean rejects ‘Seven Solutions’ in new report
- WTAW: UT-Austin report blasts ed reform suggestions
There were a couple of bad calls that went against Texas, the sideline reception...
Now that's a Leader steeping up to the plate. And carrying the team on his back....
You're forgetting the other Kiki. Vandeweghe (international potential, great out...
Fenves needs to do more to support diverse viewpoints. UT cannot continue to sup...