Gerry Canavan

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* Their conclusion is that while both effects are at work, Bowen effects dominate in public research universities, with $2 in increases due to administrators seizing on increased revenue for every $1 in increases due to upward pressures on faculty and staff salaries from other industries. Same for private research institutions. What’s more, they find a plausible culprit within universities. They notice that cost increases are likelier when the ratio of staff to faculty is higher. That suggests that when administrators within the university accumulate bargaining power, they’re better able to force increases in costs. The administrative staff, they suggest, is what’s really driving this. From the latest entry in Dylan Matthews’s “The Tuition Is Too Damn High” series, with some pushback from Dean Dad.

* On, Wisconsin: No one in Wisconsin delegation supporting strike on Syria yet. But it’ll be practically free!

Pope Francis To Lead Vatican In Vigil Against Syria Strikes.

* How dangerous is the radioactive water around Fukushima?

* An awesome assignment from Mark Sample’s graphic novel class. Must-steal!

* And the Up-Goer Five Text Editor: Can you explain a hard idea using only the ten hundred most-used words? It’s not very easy.

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