17.5.07

STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN. I have no reason to doubt the veracity of yet another anonymous whinge.

I will continue to be involved in education and learning because the prostitution of our education system angers me to no end.

Rapid growth in student body and tuition revenue while increasing the layers of bureaucracy, increasing faculty workloads (see letter to Dean below), and adopting the latest greatest trends will lead to adverse selection in the student body and faculty attrition. From what I have seen you do not seem to be the kind of person who would voluntarily reduce academic standards, and pay heed to student needs to the exclusion of faculty needs; however, those around you seem to have a slightly different agenda. We are a society enslaved by benchmarks. Be careful how they are used - garbage in, garbage out. You give me hope that this institution may have better things in store.

The particulars enumerated deeper in the post do not surprise. All the same, such laments are less credible for being anonymous gripes against unnamed college officials. Where things go wrong, I cannot stress enough the importance of enumerating specifics and naming names.

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