Subject: Re: [arch-dev] universities struggling to avoid making money
From: Tom Lord <>
Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2002 11:05:43 -0700 (PDT)

But indulge me, please -- 

I read in the news that UCB, for example, is having a debate[1] about
their licensing practices, for the simple reason that they can't
afford to turn down lots of money.

So -- even though its a learning institution, it's also a "value
creation" factory.

FSBs are, in theory, good at managing that kind of value well enough
to produce a profit.  Maybe they should all sell shares to the
universities, then set up business-oriented "CS-depts" at various
interesting locations, and catch as catch can.


[1] I read about that a long time ago -- the debate might be over by now.

   Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2002 12:50:29 -0500 (CDT)
   From: Jim Choate <>
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   On Sat, 24 Aug 2002, Tom Lord wrote:

   > What's the essense of a university, from a purely business
   > perspective?

   Simple, they're not. They are learning institutions. Injecting business
   attitudes into the operation of a university kills it in the long run
   (society also but that's another issue entirely).

   Everything that people do isn't a business. The goal to life is not to get
   rich, it is to enrich the life of those who come afterwards.


		     Conform and be dull......J. Frank Dobie