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* Obama continues to disappoint: this time it’s his proposals for [higher education](http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/23/faculty-advocates-react-obamas-plan-higher-ed). Such a gifted public speaker, and so full of promise. And yet, apparently, so vacuous in reality. It’s like a second two terms of George Bush. (And Bush didn’t seem that far from Clinton, to be honest. So I think we are seeing the instantiation of a new power dynamic that’s something like the revolving door of administration officials and industry players and consultants and lobbyists.)
* And then there’s the troubling dean-to-professor disparity as chronicled by [Bloomberg Business Week](http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-21/the-troubling-dean-to-professor-ratio), of all people!:

> The number of Purdue administrators has jumped 54 percent in the past decade—almost eight times the growth rate of tenured and tenure-track faculty. “We’re here to deliver a high-quality education at as low a price as possible,” says Robinson. “Why is it that we can’t find any money for more faculty, but there seems to be an almost unlimited budget for administrators?”

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