Undergraduate education an end in itself

What we need to learn from Newman, says Alasdair MacIntyre, is ‘that undergraduate education has its own distinctive ends, that it should never be regarded as a prologue to or a preparation for graduate or professional education, and that its ends must not be subordinated to the ends of the necessarily specialised activities of the researcher’. (‘The very idea of a university: Aristotle, Newman and us’, 2009)

In other words, an undergraduate education should be regarded as an end in itself; it is about the ‘making of men’.

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