David Leohardt’s article is here.
My comment was:
“It will be important to keep our eye on this program. Hopefully, it will be in the tradition of their ground-breaking and principled President Robert Maynard Hutchins (’29-’45).
Unfortunately, though, nowadays many universities take a call to improving almost anything as a call to improving only their marketing about how hard they are already improving that thing. It’s a lot cheaper than actually making the improvements.
Chicago almost succumbed to marketing to “consumers” in 1998, but powerful faculty members resisted – and the president was replaced. (See the story with links to NY Times articles at “”Content Deflation” Part II: University of Chicago Felt the Heat” on my blog inside-higher-ed.com )
Some schools actually publicize misleading data to market that they are improving access. (For an example, see “Washington U. in St. Louis Touts Their Reduction in Net Financial Aid” – also on my blog.)
I am hopeful about U. of Chicago. But as, someone once said, “Trust, but Verify”; well, ok, in today’s higher education climate, maybe we should change that to: verify.”