Key paragraph in a Huffington Post article from the President of Wellesley College:
There are little data to support the perception that academics resist change, as Robert Birnbaum has shown. In curricular matters, faculty are, in fact, the primary agents of change, consistently responding appropriately to changes in the society. Yes, faculty are sometimes maddeningly slow and deliberative, but this is not a problem — it is a virtue. It helps universities avoid hopping on every passing bandwagon and embracing the ever-changing (and often costly and ineffective) popular fixes of the day. There is great value in being appropriately deliberative when dealing with something as important as the education of undergraduates.