Universities: quantity replaces quality (letter)by Charles PatakNews Weekly
, December 14, 2002
In response to Mr. R.J. Stove, "Universities in 2002: what would Newman think?" (News Weekly
, November 16), undoubtedly Cardinal Newman would be appalled by the state of our universities, and so should be all who are in the know.
Unfortunately, a vast majority of our academics are either too self-serving or too scared to point out that perhaps half of our present-day graduates would not have made it past the first year of university studies only two decades ago.
And yet, the decline in intellectual standards is an inevitable consequence of the substantial increase in student numbers!
As Kingsley Amis warned when English universities contemplated a similar expansion: "More is worse".
Thus, rather than becoming a "clever" country, we are becoming a "well-certified" one.Charles Patak
Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic.