A Student, A Teacher, A Place to Learn
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a university, the only gift greater than teaching knowledge is discovering
how to use it.
Hopkins is no longer a household name -- except at Williams College.
Hopkins was president of Williams from 1836 until 1872. In his day,
he was a figure of great stature in higher education, so great that
a president of the United States, James Garfield, once described
the ideal college education as a student at one end of a bench with
Hopkins at the other. A learner, a teacher and a place to sit: In
bare essentials, these are the elements of a school or university.
Learning and teaching are the basics in any education worthy of
the name, and they donít exhaust the possibilities for education.
potent combination, and one that better describes the UCLA that
we know today, is learning, teaching and discovery. Once committed
to discovery through research and scholarship, a great university
transforms the knowledge that it transmits through teaching.
in the transformation of knowledge makes learning active, for students
and teachers both. Active learning is the most powerful kind. Teachers
who do research get personally involved in what they teach because
they help create what they teach. Transforming knowledge breeds
enthusiasm in transmitting it, and enthusiastic teachers make for
excited learners. Excitement about learning grows when discovery
itself enters the classroom. The researcher who teaches thinks of
knowledge as something to be made new, not just to be made available.
research university like UCLA puts discovery at the center of its
mission, along with teaching and learning. Perhaps the advantages
of this combination should be obvious, but not everyone finds them
so. And the benefits donít come without cost. Taxpayers, citizens,
families and students pay the bills. Theyíre the people to whom
the benefits of discovery in a public university need to be clear