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Chin Up; Chest Out; Don't Panic

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 January 2013

Michael Laver*
New York University


Chin up; chest out; don't panic, yet. Yes, we who work in universities do face epic challenges described eloquently by King and Sen. Yes, we have indeed mostly ignored these—or rather have tended to wring our hands and wail operatically before planting our heads deeply in the sand. We will certainly experience massive technological disruptions of our traditional modus operandi and have only dim notions about how to respond to these. And all of us, if we are brutally honest, are deeply complicit in contributing to an unsustainably rising cost curve that, unchecked, will blow apart the very system that currently sustains our comfortable lives. These sorry truths are self-evident.

The Profession Symposium: A Symposium on “The Troubled Future of Colleges and Universities”
Copyright © American Political Science Association 2013

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5 In an earlier draft, a spellchecker corrected a typo to replace “groves” with “gravies.” I was tempted to leave this in, since unexpected wisdom can reside in a spellchecker, but thought better of it.