Friday Thirsty -- Students Come First vs. Teaching Comes First
This one may not be quite light enough for a Friday Thirsty, but the RGM is on record as pining for a thirsty, and I've been thinking about this, so here goes:
My university has a longstanding goal to become a R1-ranked "research university." It also has a (relatively recently) explicitly articulated "institutional value" that "students come first" (we are by no means unique in this; I googled).
It strikes me that saying "students come first" is somehow subtly (or perhaps not so subtly) different from saying "teaching comes first" or "the teaching mission of the university comes first" or even "education comes first," but I'm having trouble putting my finger on exactly how/why.