Universities treat us as cash cows

“Professors regard making money for their university as the least important aspect of their job, ranking it far below helping colleagues and leading research, according to a new study. But the paper suggests that many of them believe their universities see them as cash cows, with their ability to generate income among their most significant roles. Presented this week at the Society for Research into Higher Education conference, the paper revealed the findings of a survey of more than 100 professors who were asked their views on their role, both as they saw it and as they believed their employer saw it. The respondents said that helping colleagues to develop was the most important aspect of their work, closely followed by leadership in research, ‘being a role model’ and upholding standards of scholarship …”  (more)

[John Gill, THE, 11 December]

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