MoneyLaw‘s Jim Chen (a former University of Minnesota law school professor and new dean at the University of Louisville) posted his take on Tom Sullivan’s defense of tenure related to the University of Minnesota’s quest to become one of the top three public research universities in the world (see also last week’s EF note). He wrote:
It is not inspiring but rather demoralizing for university leadership to speak of “top three” status when the real task at hand is simply trying to do better than eleventh in the Big Ten.
Let’s hope that soon we can have a realistic conversation about “ambitious aspirations to be one of the top three public research universities in the world [sic].” We need to put this nonsense behind us and chart a course that will lead us to being in the top half of the Big Ten.
Ouch! …and probably spot on. It’s one thing to sound like a leapfrogger. But, it’s an entirely different thing to actually leapfrog.