Article in the Chronicle: Why Do They Hate Us?
It's about the rising tide of anti-intellectual, anti-humanities (in particular) hatred of universities and university faculty.
Interesting, but I thought there was too much faculty-bashing at the end. Apparently we've been insensitive and elitist and thought more of our research than our students, so everything is our fault. Where I'd say that we've done what we've been encouraged and motivated and, frankly, compelled to do. Nobody gets a job or gets tenure or gets promoted or gets a merit raise because of their teaching or their administration work; all those rewards come strictly from publication (sure, the other categories appear in the tenure dossier, but barest competence is sufficient for everything but research). So we do what we're told matters, what we must do to keep our jobs. It seems unreasonable for universities to give priority to publication over everything else and then blame faculty for doing what we're told.