Saturday, November 20, 2010


I just saw this headline, and I couldn't even be bothered to read the article - "External commercial forces are not destroying higher education -- administrative bloat and the pursuit of reputation are."

The idea that these are separate forces is silly. Administrative bloat and pursuit of reputation are responses to external forces, and they in turn influence the environment. It's a complex, interdependent cycle.

Any attempt to isolate and treat just one part of it (assuming we subscribe to the notion that higher education is, in fact, being destroyed) is doomed to failure.

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