Janet Napolitano’s new salary and perks of about $600,000 demonstrate the unhealthy relationship between higher education and the federal government.
Since Napolitano will be doing on-the-job-training in order to understand what is necessary to head a system she has never been involved in, students also should be given the opportunity to gain real-world experience by working 50 percent of the time in the area of their degree in the university. For example, a finance major would work in the finance office. All students would work running the university at all levels.
Students would be the security force, the administrative department, the English and math, the biology and the research departments. Higher-level students could run their departments. Teaching could be all done by higher-level students. Temporary experts could be contracted for short-term stints to import their expertise. The tremendous energy of young adult students would flourish when empowered.
Under a system of student power, the government would only be allowed to give money and never allowed to off-load cast-offs.
Sara Jones Anderson