Detroit Mercy is a University
A thousand years
Bologna (1088), Paris (1100) and Oxford (1117) tell us that universities have been around a long time. Universities create places where people can differ with one another without warfare and blood. Faculty and students are expected to critically debate important matters with people from whom they differ, in a search to understand reality (more than to win an argument). This is not easy and passions can run high. Throughout their history, universities have been controversial and very expensive to run; yet they have endured for all these centuries.
Why is that? Probably because human societies have recognized that violent disagreements tear at the fabric of society, that the slow work of learning and teaching weaves and sometime re-weaves the social fabric. Universities endure as society's commitment to the basic maxim: "the pen is mightier than the sword."