5.12.03

BECAUSE OUR POLITICAL MASTERS COMMEND IT. Academic Game wonders, "Why do tenured professors permit increases in class size when this degrades student education, encourages exploitation of contingent faculty, and reduces tenured professors' time as well as the value of their wage?" Because if you mis-measure the output, it looks like productivity. Northern Illinois University's lobbyist, who now has the title of associate vice president to go with the title that has alwas translated as lobbyist, informed the faculty senate, "They are educating several thousand more students on $20 or $30 million less — that’s productivity." Provided there's some work being done. But when the fire marshal is the constraint on the size of the class, and the assignments are fewer or the examinations more likely to be fill-in-the-bubble forms, is the value added really larger?

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