Steven Tepper, The Creative Campus: How do we measure up?, The American Assembly for the 104th American Assembly
The subtitle of this essay, “How do we measure up?” is a bit misleading. I have not, nor has anyone as far as I know, ever tried to measure the creative impulse, creative output or creative environment of American universities. So, at least in terms of direct measures, I remain agnostic on the question of how creative we are within the walls of academia. Some campuses are clearly more creative than others. But, at present, we have no way to compare among ourselves (or to communicate to our constituents) where creativity is flourishing and where it is languishing. This brief essay outlines a proposition, no doubt controversial, that much could be gained by developing a creativity index for college campuses. It begins by looking broadly at a few conditions for creativity across domains and then moves to a more narrow discussion of the arts.
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