The process-worshippers in higher education have made the relatively simple task of preparing a course outline only slightly less onerous than preparing conditions of carriage for approval by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Now comes M. S. Stewart, just in time for the end of the academic year, offering advice to Inside Higher Ed readers. "Print the syllabus out and return to your own student days in your mind. Is this a course you would have wanted to take yourself?" That comes, only after blocks of text that includes nuggets such as this. "If offices such as campus security, disability services, the registrar and so on require boilerplate sections, do explain to students that the voice may be different but the shared values are there."
Those offices are a useful place to begin a search for the stupid people running the universities that richly deserve to be turfed out.