Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"It's All C.Y.A, It's C.Y.A All The Time"

i could not wait - i had to use that quote from my last post asap
anyway, there is an article on the new book “Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids — and What We Can Do About It.”:
(a well-known professor (Mr. Hacker) and the other consigned to the adjunct, or what they call “contingent,” faculty (Ms. Dreifus, who is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times)
Mr. Hacker and Ms. Dreifus list a host of crimes, or at least flaws in the system, some in the control of universities and others built into the external political, cultural or economic environment, or indeed into human nature. These include the narrow self-interestedness of academic departments; the greed of faculty members and administrators alike; the near-universal hypertrophy of “the athletics incubus”; unfunded government mandates; lifetime employment for pampered professors (thanks to the combination of tenure and Congressional abolition of mandatory retirement); and the demands of students and their parents for frivolous extras (driving what the authors call “the amenities arms race”).

you can read the full article here

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