Higher Ed? Yeah, Maybe Not Really. More Like Personal Enrichment For Administrators

New analysis of tax data from publicly available IRS 990 forms shows that eight high-level UChicago administrators have received more than $7.6 million in compensation increases since 2007-2008, even as the school moved toward and suffered a credit downgrade.

Over five years, administrators enjoyed pay increases of between 40 percent and 135 percent, and as a result each received $450,000 to $3.3 million from cumulative increases by the end of 2012-2013, the most recent year for which tax data is available.

UChicago thus ended up paying $2.5 million more annually for the combined services of these eight people — an increase from $3.4 to almost $6 million per year.

These administrators include President Robert Zimmer, former Provost Thomas Rosenbaum (now president of the California Institute of Technology), and executive vice president David Fithian, a former Harvard dean. Previously, all three received scrutiny because they did not help identify administrators responsible for an apparently deceptive UChicago statement about increases to Zimmer, the country’s highest paid private university president.

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Paying that higher tuition and those increased fees is making a big difference to the quality of education.  Nah, I’m kidding.  What it’s really doing is making top administrators really very wealthy while instruction takes a back seat.  But hey, no need to feel badly about it.  After all, they’re accredited schools which means you can believe them…  They’ve paid all the proper bribes erm, I mean fees… and are duly and rightly managed and operated.  Because the accrediting agencies have gotten kickbacks, shoot, I mean done their due diligence to ensure that they are…

Why Has James Crossely Been So Quiet of Late?

Conferencing?  That’s, to be sure, what he would have you to believe.  But the truth is, he has been spending time in seclusion, weeping in the wake of the tat he got whilst a tad sauced a few weeks back which features the intentional poor spelling of a Manchester City tat artist (who is clearly no fan of Sir Alex Ferguson).  See if you can spot the blunder- and then send James a consolatory epistle.

fergie-tattoo

Peer Review… Sort Of

@conradhackett: In experiment, published articles resubmitted to same journals. Most rejected, “serious methodological flaws” noted.

http://t.co/53t0nJViW6

Well there you have it- the infallibility of the process. Sort of. Maybe.

On Those Who Read One Book and Think They Know Everything

Luther once remarked

“The world has now become very sure of itself. It relies on books and thinks that if these are read it knows everything. The devil almost succeeded in getting me, too, to become lazy and secure and to think: ‘Here you have the books. If you read them you’ll have the answers.’ So the fanatics and sacramentarians suppose that because they have read only one little book they know everything.

Against such security I pray the catechism every day like my little Hans and ask God to keep me in his dear, holy Word, lest I grow weary of it.”

The world today is packed to the roof with sacramentarians and fanatics.  And they’re all experts on scripture and theology because once upon a time they read a book…

Wikipedia Thinks a Monkey Can Copyright a Picture…

Not only does wikipedia offer misinformation by the truckload, it also thinks a monkey can hold copyright of a picture

Wikimedia, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and should own the copyright.

Did the monkey post the photo too, Wikimedia? Has the monkey written in and said that he likes his selfie a lot and wants it to be online? Did, Wikimedia, the monkey give his permission for his image to be used? If not, then the monkey has grounds to complain. If not, then he doesn’t.

But, anyway, thanks Wikimedia, for reminding us how really useless and senseless your ‘service’ is.

Reza Aslan: Historical Jesus ‘Scholar’ AND Expert on the Middle East…

CNN must be having a very hard time finding anyone besides Aslan to be one of their talking heads.  In fact, TV in general must be having a hard time finding sensible and actual experts in all kinds of fields.

First Aslan appeared in the mildly interesting Bible series that aired a while back as an expert on the Historical Jesus (even though he isn’t).  And in the last few days he’s been on CNN debating (if you could call it that- and you can’t) the situation in the Middle East.

Which is it Aslan?  Are you an expert on biblical interpretation and Early Christianity or are you an expert on foreign affairs?  Or are you really just the only guy CNN can find who is willing to talk about subjects far outside his field just so as to be on the tv box?

And shame on you CNN.  Try harder.  Find actual experts.  Or just show footage of Blitzer pointing at a map of Iraq and calling it Afghanistan.  That, you’re good at.