5.5.04

PERFORMANCE TEST Among the management fads to hit Northern Illinois University are exit interviews for graduating seniors. The faculty received the summary of the first interviews today. Students were not pleased with the paucity of course offerings, the size of the upper-division classes, and the lack of opportunities to improve their writing. Now we shall see what trade-offs the administration will make between "customer-centricity" and "productivity," to use a couple of fad terms. To offer more courses, won't the department have to hire more professors? And won't the English Department have to do a more effective job in composition courses, so that economics faculty are not teaching writing along with sustainability and subsidy-free pricing? And pigs will fly ...

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