Page Smith was an eminent historian and university President who wrote what to me presents the clearest portrayal of the enormous misuse of funds called the “American University.”
He saw from the inside what those looking from the outside often overlook. Research professors, party-soaked college students, and sports-fixated alumni have an implicit alliance preventing the intellectual growth of university undergraduates.
I was motivated to post about this book today in light of Youngstown State’s naming a former Ohio State University football coach their new college President. How perfect! If only the coiach has the good sense to throw resources in the direction of the research-oriented faculty, his Presidency can become the visible model of what has been happening for decades.