President Starr Stresses Return to "Classical View" of Higher Education During Discussion at UNC

Oct. 4, 2013

Ken StarrRALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2013) - Baylor University President Ken Starr joined University of North Carolina Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans for a discussion on "American Higher Education: Working Hard...or Hardly Working" during a program at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy on Oct. 3.

The event is available via streaming video on: Carolina Journal TV.

During the discussion, President Starr called for a return to a "classical view" of education and for American universities to graduate students with a sense of purpose. "Religion, morality and knowledge -- if it was good enough for George Washington, it is good enough for me," President Starr said in a story published in UNC's student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2013/10/higher-ed-panel-1004.

The newspaper also reported on President Starr's three steps to building a successful university: "Commit to a truly rigorous curriculum, seek to teach wisdom and encourage practical engagement in the marketplace." He said the key is "building a community with a culture of freedom."

"The foundation is freedom -- you need freedom of the mind and a community that promotes creativity and innovation," Starr told The Daily Tar Heel.

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