"Tink, as an aside, are you familiar with Benjamin Boyce?"
I wasn't, until I saw one or two of his clips linked to the link I posted above. He makes a lot of sense.
"Anyway, back to your comment, I would bet you agree that Evergreen IS an example of an institution of higher learning getting co-opted away from prizing learning as an end in itself."
Well, I sort of agree with that, but it seems to me that it went in a different direction at ESC. Instead of emphasizing job skills (commodification), ESC permitted its students to get by with very little study at all. No major, no grades, not even a prescribed sequence of courses, just whatever the student wanted to take, so on the surface, it would seem that the primary motivation would be love of learning, But of course, at least for the rioters, that was not the motivation, nor, I suspect, was it for most of the students there.
"...I learned this abasement of purpose is happening in colleges/universities across the nation...I don't recall, did we discuss that, before I left?"
Yes, I think we did.
"But I wish rather they could just replace President George Bridges with someone more aligned with "prizing learning as an end in itself.""
Yes, after the debacle he presided over, he certainly should have resigned or been fired.