Sorry I haven't blogged in a while. I just have to say that I vehemently disagree with this call for less emphasis on research in undergraduate institutions. Now, certainly the writer is correct in that there are certain obstacles to research in undergraduate institutions. Believe it or not, PUI faculty are well aware of this. No, really! And certainly it will be true that PUI faculty will not bring in the same funds as their colleagues at research universities. However, this does not mean that PUIs should be abandoning the best means of teaching science. We'll have to be creative, we'll have to look for approaches that work in our situations, but I cannot think of a better way to teach science than to do science with a student.
Also, I would note this: When I came to my job at Cal Poly, I new that I would have to recalibrate my expectations as time went on. To my delight, the science that I am doing with my students is far better than anything I was thinking of doing when I started. And we continue to come up with even cooler things as time goes on.
Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road.
4 years ago