Saturday, June 21, 2008

You're no good: An ongoing MoneyLaw series

You're no good
Feeling better now that we're through
Feeling better 'cause I'm over you
I learned my lesson, it left a scar
Now I see how you really are
Linda Ronstadt

Many things in academic life are simply no good. The task of identifying these things falls happily to MoneyLaw.

This ongoing series will highlight aspects of academic life that seem as inevitable as they are entrenched, but in reality deserve to be scrutinized. MoneyLaw undertakes this project in the belief that no academic practice is so sacrosanct that it cannot be questioned. Indeed, it should be an academic leader's calling to expose, perchance ultimately to reform or even to overthrow, those practices that are corrosive of academic values and the interests of higher education's true constituents. To get things started, I'll give this forum's readership a hint: Among the three T's most familiar in higher education and its finance — tuition, taxes, and tenure — only two are familiar to the system's true constituents.

True to MoneyLaw's belief in the wisdom of crowds, I invite readers to nominate practices, customs, and expectations that — in Linda Ronstadt's simple and persuasive way of expressing the point — are no good. Fire away in the comments to this post. As Linda would say, it's so easy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about big time college athletics, which for some reason gets a pass on this site?

Dean Chen often has real insight into how to improve academic life for the people who matter the most, but the college sports blind spot is rather large.

Let's start with Rick Pitino's salary, for example . . .

6/25/2008 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2.25 million for next year, in case you are wondering.

6/25/2008 12:01 PM  
Blogger Jim Chen said...

An intriguing challenge. And one that will take some time for me to formulate more than a half-baked response. I shall return to the topic presently.

In the meanwhile, I will gladly say that I have no objection to Rick Pitino's salary. See my previous posts on the coach at The Cardinal Lawyer and on this forum.

6/25/2008 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading the prior posts I think your challenge is even greater. In them, you celebrate 3 Louisville basketball players playing their last home games who were lauded for playing for the name on the front rather than the back of their jerseys. The comment may be quite poignant because if these three are representative of Louisville's program, only 1.5 of them actually graduated, in which case the name on the front of the jersey surely did better than the name on the back. But is that something to celebrate?

6/25/2008 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Linda rocks

1/18/2009 8:01 PM  

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