Professors: The Crassest Opportunism

One cause of the growing shortage of college teachers is a "crisis in values" that has infected a generation of young scholars with "the crassest opportunism in grantsmanship, job hopping and wheeling-dealing." So writes John W. Gardner, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, in his annual report.

Many professors, says Gardner, think that "students are just impediments in the headlong search for more and better grants, fatter fees, higher salaries, higher rank." Catering to these professors, universities often relieve them of almost all teaching. "Needless to say, such faculty members do not provide the healthiest models for...

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