George Leef is less than impressed with the recent book. "The Slow Professor is a tedious, self-absorbed, word-salad of a book. Still, it prompts this thought: Why have colleges and universities become so “corporate”?" His hypothesis: it's all that public money, pushing first for greater access (invoke the Reynolds Law) followed by a push for greater completion rates. There are several economists participating in the bull session. (The economists are often the contrarians in higher education, whether it's about politics or about holding the line on standards.)
My view: there's enough free agency among academicians, particularly those still holding tenured posts, that academic work life is a bundle of self-made purgatories.