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ACTING SURPRISED WHEN THE COW DROPS DEAD.  If you are an American corporation, and you have two cows, you sell one and force the other one to produce the milk of four cows.  Second graders understand what comes next.  Academic administrators think they're smarter than second graders.
One thing I have suspected for a while is that there is simply more work to do than there was twenty years ago, even putting aside raised expectations for scholarly production in the social sciences and the humanities.  Colleges and universities are accepting more students; many of the students we accept are more difficult to teach for a variety of reasons; the increased demand for measurable outcomes; and the drop in full-time teaching staff who can be expected to undertake and be responsible for these tasks makes them more time-consuming.
The physical and mental health of the faculty suffers, but the expanded production of credentials goes on.

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