The function of a university (as explained by Gramsci and Marcuse) is to produce minds indoctrinated with 'progressive' thought - so indoctrinated that any ideas that are hostile to the cause will be rejected by them (without consideration) ...Paul Marks at Samizdata.
Maybe the smartest thing I've ever read on Al Gore's Intarwebz about the Intellectual class was Eric S. Raymond on Gramscian Damage. My own, poorer attempt at analysis is here.
In any case, I entirely agree with Marks:
As for reforming the universities - they can not be reformed. They must be de-funded - no more taxpayers money for them (directly or indirectly).
Harsh, but unfortunately all to well earned. And I say that as a son (and a son-in-law) of University professors.