… can afford so many administrators and pump up grades?
And the problem of burgeoning bureaucracy helps explain some worrying trends, foremost being a perceptible decline in academic standards over time (it’s evident in grade inflation; there are three times as many Oxford Firsts now as there were 30 years ago) and — a lesser problem — the way private donors to the university are losing the run of themselves.
You don’t have to dig deep to find academics enraged at how administration flourishes while faculties are cash-strapped.
That also explains why students with no sympathy for academic or intellectual freedom just want to be educrats, not indebted baristas.
That’s where the action is today in academic life.
Prediction: It’ll get worse before it gets better.
Second prediction: Things that cannot go on indefinitely don’t.
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