Estela Bensimon of the Center for Urban Education was recently interviewed by CBS Los Angeles in a story titled, “Gov. Brown Calling On Calif. Universities To Research Less, Teach More.” Gov. Brown made the proposal as part of a plan to help make higher education in California more affordable, but opponents argue research attracts corporate investments and brings prestige to the school. Bensimon told CBS,
“Higher education is an investment in the future. If you’re teaching more, you would be doing less research, you would be less visible, professionally, nationally, internationally, so there is a price to be paid for that.
She added that research can be a source of income for universities, because foundations and corporations are often willing to cover the cost of the research. She also said that some professors who are not involved in research could be asked to teach more, but those judgements should be made by academics, not politicians.
“I think that these are decisions that you make together, administrators and faculty, but not necessarily governors.