Two years ago, my sociology professor kicked off the semester with a bang.
On the surface, he was talking about attendance. He discussed the irrationality of the excitement a student gets from a canceled class. He could think of no other consumer that so eagerly wanted to be scammed.
But this introduction raises the question: How do we define a valuable education?
Through the Innovate@Carolina initiative, Chancellor Holden Thorp has articulated a very specific vision of the value of academic endeavors at UNC, namely “to bring the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to bear on the world’s biggest problems.” In some ways, this approach hits the nail on the head.
Innovation, generally speaking, requires us to uncover the limitations of the status quo, imagine new possibilities and figure out ways of translating the virtual into the actual. Innovation is renewal, change and creation — what a way to think about what it is we do here at UNC.