Referring to one of the foremost educators of the day, President James Garfield expressed his concept of an ideal university as “Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other” (Kunitz & Hatcraft, 1964, p. 384). As unrealistic as this one-to-one faculty/student ratio might be, the image supports the idea that a student learns best when approached as an individual. Such accommodation to individual students’ needs is rarely the case, today, as the demands of fiscal accountability encourage institutions to maximize class sizes, and the perceived function of higher education is recast from a social boon to a business transaction.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Charland, William, "Mark Hopkins at One End of a (B)log and a Student at the Other: Deconstructing Curriculum and Delivery" (2013). Academic Leadership Academy. 43.