Mark C. Taylor, in an NYT opinion piece on how the financial arrangements of universities are unsustainable (his point about expansion via debt makes more sense):

Universities should be looking for new ways to provide high-quality education to more students at a lower price. In today’s world, it no longer makes sense for every school to cover every subject.

For example, it is absurd for Columbia and N.Y.U. to be have competing philosophy departments at a time when there are few jobs for philosophy academics. Instead, they could cooperate by forming a joint graduate and undergraduate program, which would reduce costs by requiring fewer faculty members and a more modest physical presence, while at the same time increasing course choices for students.

Would it really? Exactly how would that work out? The only process I can see having those results involves asking faculty to cover significantly more students, which, maybe is necessary, but isn’t what Taylor is saying in this piece. And, in what way do those philosophy departments compete with each other?

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