Oliver Lee Bateman, who penned last year’s widely read defense of grade inflation, has finally had enough. On September 8, he published a piece titled I have one of the best jobs in academia. Here’s why I’m walking away.

His reasons:

1) Too many people go to college

…not out of any particular interest in the field, but in order to receive raises at work or improve their position in a crowded job market.

2) Online education isn’t the solution

…a grader for one of our online courses supervises approximately 30 to 50 students for an entire course. The grader typically makes $700.

3) Tenured professors pity adjuncts. But we can’t help them.

It’s not that we full-timers don’t care; it’s that we can’t.

4) “Alt-academia” isn’t a solution — it’s surrender

…when it comes time to pay it off with a real job? Sorry — best look somewhere “alternative.”

5) The students and professors aren’t the problem; the university system is.

I have my own ideas for fixing higher ed, and many of them don’t have anything to do with higher ed. Also all of them cost money.

We’re talking about it over at Higher Education’s Premier Online Publication.

Come join us!


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