My grandfather used to spend his mornings reading the newspaper, and he loved nature, so he spent plenty of time outdoors, walking.
When students decide to sleep in and skip out on that class, they are wasting money. Concerns about safety, particularly among girls and their parents, may influence students' time in nature as well, he added. The familiar division into fields of concentration, electives and general education leaves too little room for students to pursue all of the objectives that professors themselves deem important for a well-rounded college education.
One plausible outcome would be to create a carefully selected, full-time teaching faculty, the members of which would lack tenure but receive appointments for a significant term of years with enforceable guarantees of academic freedom and adequate notice if their contracts are not renewed.
The reasons for concern include: College students today seem to be spending much less time on their course work than their predecessors did 50 years ago, and evidence of their abilities suggests that they are probably learning less than students once did and quite possibly less than their counterparts in many other advanced industrial countries.
A large and increasing body of useful knowledge has accumulated about learning and pedagogy, as well as the design and effectiveness of alternative methods of instruction. I have a few friends who performed summer research in HIV-stricken communities of sub-Saharan Africa in order to produce disease-fighting probiotic yoghurt for local villagers.
Meanwhile, the advent of new technologies has given rise to methods of teaching that require special training.