- Q&A with Teresa Sullivan and Helen Dragas
Colleges are "yeasty places" that have always been full of controversies, says Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
"In this hyperpartisan era, everything appears to be a political battlefield and universities aren't immune," he said.
But higher education for decades has been viewed "by all sides as one of the key economic engines of prosperity - and thus something that must be a top priority," he said. "If the support declines, and it has recently, there will be serious consequences for the economy, social mobility and lots of other things."
The consequences for Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village put U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan and Rector Helen Dragas at the center of that debate.
In interviews last week with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, we asked them to reflect on issues they've faced in the year since Dragas sought unsuccessfully to oust Sullivan. Sullivan chose a phone interview; Dragas opted to respond by email.
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 4:07 pm, Tue Jul 22, 2014.
Many on the faculty say you gained quite a bit of political capital with them as a result of all that happened with the board of visitors last summer. How have you used that capital?
Sullivan: I do think we’ve made progress in a number of areas. Take two areas specifically with the faculty — I created challenge grants for faculty members to create hybrid courses. Not only did they create those hybrid courses, they also did a great job of assessing the improvement in student learning in those courses. A hybrid course, by the way, is one with lectures recorded online first so that you can spend class time doing more valuable things
Monday, June 10, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 4:07 pm.