Whose job is it to care about our students?

On Monday there was a University Senate meeting to discuss competing plans on how to reorganize academics at Fredonia. It’s a hot-topic issue–the meeting lasted for 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Before I went in to listen I saw a student-athlete, a biology major, sitting in the lobby of the Science Center writing an essay. I tried to explain what the meeting was about, and how serious it was for the future of academics.

She smiled: “Do you think they could make it any easier?”

It turns out that students don’t care about university affairs–whether or not they should is someone else’s debate–but they do really want help.

“Have empathy for our students,” isn’t listed in anyone’s job description, but it’s there if you want it.