I want to thank you all for your very generous and interesting comments over the last two weeks during my time in the guest bloggerâ€™s chair. Everyone has been most congenial and welcoming. I hope to come back for the guest bloggerâ€™s reunion. For my last post, I’d like to
ask T&S readers to imagine the ideal Mormon university. Not a university already on the ground, not, in other words, BYU Provo, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho–or Harvard or Columbia, for those of you who feel sure the Mormons have taken over the business and law schools–but a university that exists only in your own mind. Take me on a journey to that place.
What would that university look like? That is to say, how would it be structured? Who would govern it? What would be studied? How would admissions be decided? How would it be funded? What would be its relationship to other American or European universities? What about its relationship to its host town? What would this university prepare students to do or to be?
We can have fun with this, but admittedly I am not as interested in propositions that cannot work in reality (â€œI would want open admission for all church membersâ€? is a little like â€œCan god make a stone so large even he canâ€™t lift it?â€?). On the other hand, donâ€™t dream small either. At present, BYU enrolls more people in on-line classes than any college or university in the country. Many of these are continuing education classes. Something like open admissions for all church members already exists and might also find place in your ideal Mormon university.
If you donâ€™t feel you have time to be comprehensive, pick one element, the idea you feel most passionate about. For Kaimi and Gordon, that may be cheese-tasting at freshman orientation; for Kristine and Rosalynde, Christmas music piped into the library. Etc. etc.
Best wishes this Holiday Season!