July 2016

July 06, 2016

Since my post in September on the future of the public research university, I have been thinking and writing about ways that the University of Arizona and our peers can position ourselves as agents of change in the world, rather than simply as points of access to knowledge and education. This is a crucial difference that will allow us to sustain our impact as the political, economic, and social landscapes around higher education continue to change. Equally important, having impact in a global context means that universities like the University of Arizona are institutions that can help reshape for the better the ways that we think about international relationships generally. We can do this by reshaping ourselves as transnational institutions that collaborate across national borders, emphasizing our awareness and commitment to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and many other bonds that we have with other universities and communities around the world.

Reshaping the public...