Under a blazing summer sun our annual luncheon held July 21, 2011 was cooled down with an important presentation by Jack Stripling from The Chronicle, good company and sumptuous food.

Jack Stripling’s presentation on “Pressure Points: Pressure Points: What You Should now about Higher Education in an age of Scrutiny, Accountability and Austerity” brought to discussion whether a business model for public and private institutions is sustainable in lieu of pervasive spending cuts. Public scrutiny of colleges is at a level not seen in decades, forcing presidents, trustees and faculty to rethink their assumptions and, in some cases, justify their existence. Jack’s lively talk also brought into discussion how the intersection of technology and accountability sometimes brings out the almost viral misuse of video-taped lectures as demonstrated; hilarious yet embarrassing clips of faculty gone wild stoke the memories of the luncheon guests.