That Which We Call a Law School

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  1. I think an addendum to their resume would suffice. (Ie- "Cary School Of Law (Formally Penn Law)


  2. One of the things which isn’t discussed when looking at why Universities are so expensive is the effect of the end of the cold war and the focus away from nuclear weapons. There isn’t much written about it, because much of it is classified, but this article presents part of the story.

    The point is, post WWII and during the cold war, the government needed to fund research into weapons systems. Universities were major beneficiaries of this, but for many reasons, the universities didn’t disclose the source of their funding, nor did they disclose to many of the students working on that research. This research gave universities a great deal of funding that they had freedom to use. However, with the cold war ending, that funding spigot ended. So, funding from other sources had to be found.

    The world is a complicated place and many people benefited in ways they never imagined. You are helping me wake up to some of these facts. Thanks.

  3. “But here’s the thing: The university caved. Following community complaints, they changed the short name used on all materials back to Penn Law – at least for now.”

    So, does the University have to give the $125 million back?

  4. Avatar for Schase Schase says:

    Government funding of this academic madness is a case of negative network effects. Ask any ethics professor in the law school and she will tell you this: what’s moral is what’s legal. Reply by asking what happens when what’s legal is for sale? A similar dynamic is at work with housing, food and healthcare.

  5. “In short, elite American universities and their associated professional schools are no longer selling an education. They are – like medieval guilds – institutions who operate in the interest of the members of the guild. Their priority is to protect and increase the value, prestige and perceived selectiveness of the license they confer – and to sell that increasingly scarce commodity at rapidly accelerating market rates…”

    Presented without comment - a “promoted” Tweet in my Twitter feed today:

    Harvard Business Analytics Program
    This rigorous cross-disciplinary online program prepares leaders with the analytics, leadership, and strategy skills to drive better business outcomes. Complete in as few as 9 months.

    (Could not find a way to import a pic, but wanted to as the below is much more “impressive” emblazoned in Harvard Red as it was in the Tweet)

    Harvard Business Analytics Program: Complete an Analytics Certificate in Nine Months

    (end Tweet)

    Okay, I lied, one comment: notice how they got “leaders/leadership” in there twice.

  6. Avatar for rguinn rguinn says:

    I think it was a (temporary) resolution that had to be negotiated with the donor.

  7. Avatar for rguinn rguinn says:

    There’s a lot to this, I think.

    That is part of the problem with establishing big institutions as quasi-government program instead of the businesses that they are - no one actually thinks about shedding assets or slowing growth when a business line becomes less profitable, because they don’t have to. The idea that they didn’t HAVE to maintain and train such a large group of researchers and PhDs just never occurred to most schools.

  8. Avatar for rguinn rguinn says:

    Thanks for sending this, Mark! I’ll bring this up to Ben, who has an extremely relevant story worth sharing on our next ET Live event.

  9. Avatar for rguinn rguinn says:

    Couldn’t get the link to work, but yes, all sorts of features of our Fiat World, the Long Now and the transition toward competition games we write about are equilibrial states caused by what you could call negative externalities.

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