Click on the pic below to hear a quick interview with Gordon Gee by the The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he makes a glib remark that I found to be illuminating:
In responding to how Universities should deal with Washington’s increased scrutiny on how we function (from endowments to athletics), he is quick to point out that we need to stop reacting so defensively. But that isn’t as interesting to me as when he describes how we should go about it; specifically, in our communication, he says we need to “not be so damn academic about it: we’ve got to be able to communicate and communicate wisely and communicate well.”
The implied argument is rather scathing and obvious so I’ll skip over flushing out all the connections. But the call for a change in our communication patterns is well worth taking not of, I believe – how do we go about getting “academese” to mean “elegant argument.”
Or is it too late?