Thursday, March 27, 2008

Patrick Weil on University Reform

Noted scholar (historian of immigration) Patrick Weil offers a pertinent critique of the Pécresse Law on university reform in Marianne. In particular he observes that the partial autonomy granted under the Pécresse law has reinforced "localism and clientelism in the recruitment of professors," because it has increased the powers of locally elected university presidents. Instead of "free and open competition, which is a good thing," he says, students are still funneled into local universities, which therefore do not need to search for the best professors in order to compete for top students.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"the partial autonomy granted under the Pécresse law has reinforced "localism and clientelism in the recruitment of professors," because it has increased the powers of locally elected university presidents."

A pity indeed, since granting the universities more autonomy and breaking the rule of "localisme" was the intended goal of the law... I guess everything is in the word "partial", as you emphasized for the case of Dauphine. Let's see how it works out. Everything that would change the French university system is good to take, but that does not do it for me.