BEND OVER, HERE IT COMES AGAIN: "I'm a practical guy, I am not an egghead," [current Illinois Board of Higher Education chairman James] Kaplan said. "I can't sit and do these ephemeral things." That's his perception of research. Here comes another push for "productivity," which probably means a sacrifice of "quality" as fewer professors attempt to teach more students in larger classes. Dan Drezner has correctly summarized the conceptual errors, either in reporting or in the chairman's thinking, and Bill Sjostrom correctly predicts the likely outcome of the study.