Radical ideas from Mark C. Taylor, the chairman of the religion department, on how universities should be restructured:
Abolish permanent departments, even for undergraduate education, and create problem-focused programs. These constantly evolving programs would have sunset clauses, and every seven years each one should be evaluated and either abolished, continued or significantly changed. It is possible to imagine a broad range of topics around which such zones of inquiry could be organized: Mind, Body, Law, Information, Networks, Language, Space, Time, Media, Money, Life and Water.
Big takeaway: using the creative and intellectual capacity of universities to work collaboratively towards solving society’s biggest challenges. I’d go back to school.