It is an absurd arrogance recently born that a University exists for the students. It does not and should not. Least of all a university exists for the administrative offices, a fact apparently forgotten by almost every minor functionary with a stamp pad and stapler. A university exists for knowledge, not so much for its veneration as for its development and dissemination. Therefore, a university exists for the faculty, the seat of the development and dissemination of learning, and for students only in so far as they serve those ends.

Every professor at one time or another has crossed the campus or walked through a classroom building during a vacation and noted, perhaps aloud, how pleasant it all is without students. That's not my point here at all. Students should however only be part of the university in so far as they serve knowledge, just as an administration can be no more than a handmaiden to the students and faculty.

And it must always be the process of learning. The idea of training for a job, for a goal, a concept usually put forward as being practical, is in reality the grossest absurdity, all the more offensive because its proponents actually believe it themselves. How much knowledge put forward under that banner is forgotten with impunity, must be forgotten by the student to succeed in the Real World, is useless because the student never has call to use it, is destructive because it numbs the students' curiosity and excitement? Far too much for it to be called practical!

Roger L. Welsch, "Mock Apple Pie: The Conventional Teacher in an Unconventional Educational Program" in The Centennial Experience: Faculty Perspectives of a Cluster College, ed. Gene Harding