The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy asked me to write something for its newsletter related to Derek Bok's book Higher Education in America. I wrote a short essay called Losing Trust in Higher Education, which is kind of related to the book. It hits some themes I have written about before--that if universities and their faculty are seen as untrustworthy, if their word cannot be taken at face value because of financial or political conflicts of interest for example, then they risk compromising their fundamental purpose so seriously that society won't take them seriously.
No login required to read the piece so I won't cut and paste it here. I'd be glad to hear your reactions.