Reality is always more complex: a summary of Sandra Davie’s May 6th, 2012 piece in The Sunday Times

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.

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