Dear Commons Community,
I have just spent much of the past week with a Middle States Accreditation Team visit to a university in Pennsylvania. We made the usual evaluation of the university using a list of fourteen standards and sent our report to the Commission on Higher Education. However, our evaluation would never have uncovered a success story as told by Frank Bruni in his column in today’s New York Times. He covers a lot of ground and some heavy issues (being gay, religion, abortion, overseas volunteer work, female circumcision) as seen through the eyes of a devout Catholic for whom college changed his life.
“College, he recently told me, had not only given him a glimpse of how large the world was but also shamed him about how little of it he knew.”
It is a resounding affirmation of a college education’s purpose.
Bruni juxtaposes this man’s life with Rick Santorum’s assertion last month that college is too often godless and corrupting.
This column is a good read and important commentary about what we do in higher education.