Purdue’s President Tauts a Selective Yale Academic Program as Means to…Break the Elitist Bubble for Students

When I read this opinion column of President Mitch Daniels in the Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/want-to-study-abroad-check-out-america/2019/03/11/8c5268a2-3492-11e9-af5b-b51b7ff322e9_story.html?utm_term=.78a22aaf179a, I was lost in a swirl of confusing thoughts. Could he really be citing a program (https://grandstrategy.yale.edu) which provided a two-month summer sojourn across America as an alternative model for enlarging the awareness of Yale students who otherwise were unable to (or chose not to) study abroad? If these students could afford to take off for a summer, surely, these same students would have the means to study abroad. I did not understand how this highly prized curricular program would break through the privilege undergirding unequal access to education abroad at Yale (or at any other institution).

So I wrote my letter –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/more-students-should-have-the-opportunity-to-study-abroad/2019/03/15/6c95c630-466c-11e9-94ab-d2dda3c0df52_story.html?utm_term=.971cfaaa5937 – and it was placed, in the print edition, on the Editorial page, on March 17, 2019, under the heading, “Taking Exception.” Which I do.

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