Sandra Davie reports in the Sunday Times that Yale University President Richard Levin “had his own learning moment recently” over the Yale faculty resolution concerning Yale-NUS College. Levin found the resolution objectionable for its morally superior tone.
Levin said that few Yale faculty aired grievances at the two town-hall meetings held soon after the College was introduced. Still, questioning institutional values is a central feature of the Yale environment and the liberal arts tradition, he said.
The Yale Corporation, the University’s highest governing body, is “firmly committed” to Yale-NUS College, Levin said, and he emphasized that the faculty resolution was not a vote of no confidence.
On the unique value of Yale-NUS College, Levin highlighted the learning opportunities inherent in collaboration and stressed the importance of global, interdisciplinary education for the 21st century.