The university never has been a "strong" social institution, but it has seen better days as a bastion of learning. Since it is one of the few havens for the creative minority, it is obvious that continued neglect of this institution will be detrimental to the development of "high" culture. The point is that it is the creative minority - artists, philosophers, scientists - who provide the new awarenesses, values, and sensitivities which are necessary for the dynamics of a complex, modern culture.
Royce, Joseph R.
"What Are We Going to Do About the Current Threat to the Idea of a University?,"
Perspectives: Vol. 8
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/perspectives/vol8/iss1/2