Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Or, Please Ma'am, Could We Have More Paperwork?

The University of Minnesota seems to be unable to get its arms around the problems of double-dipping stars, conflict of interest in the medical school, retraction of scientific papers due to fraud, and an on-again-off-again questionable entanglement with a wealthy donor.

So, in typical bureaucratic fashion, let's make a lot of noise, and point elsewhere. Let's go after the poor slob ordinary faculty members. Let's burden them with yet more paperwork, more reviews both of themselves and their colleagues. Even people doing a great job will be reviewed every five years - just for the hell of it?

For a little introduction to this latest fiasco, please see our sister-site: The Periodic Table, Too, wherein the beginning of what will no doubt be a long story is sketched out.

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