Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The argument here is that we could "seize this moment of crisis to make our universities more equitable and resilient by restoring public funding and prioritizing a deeper democratic purpose. For this to happen, faculty, staff, students, and adjacent communities must mobilize and demand a seat at the table." It's not that far-fetched, but a lot has to fall into place for it to happen. This article describes the process underway at Rutgers. " We have a vision of a different university, the classic model of which includes 'faculty governance.' But we do not believe that faculty governance means only including teachers. Rutgers has 30,000 workers who are making a life serving this institution—serving the students, maintaining our buildings, feeding us lunch, teaching us, conducting research. They should be making decisions about the university, not lawyers, accountants, and human resource bureaucrats."

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