Shimer College

September 13, 2013

Words of Wisdom?

Someone once declared: Excellence is in the details. Amen.

Norman R. Smith, From Bottom to Top Tier in a Decade: The Wagner College Turnaround Years (New York, Bloomington: iUniverse, 2010), p. 119. 

While Bill Readings’ book The University in Ruins critizes our fascination with an unspecified excellence, perhaps the term “excellence” still matters. And, as Smith makes clear, how we get there matters, too. Though, of course, the term “tier” in the title implies that rankings matter – and that may be a matter for debate. (For more on Wagner College, click here.) 

What do you think?

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