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Who’s Responsible for Rising Research KPIs in Academia? We All Are.

We often blame university managements for imposing ever more unattainable research KPIs on us, year on year. Although it is undeniable that publication standards and the amount of grant money that we are expected to bring in have risen—nay, skyrocketed—over the years, I’m not convinced that nefarious academic administrators are always to blame. If youContinue reading “Who’s Responsible for Rising Research KPIs in Academia? We All Are.”

Perverse Research Incentives and the Wuhan “Lab Leak” Theory

Academics with no research funding desperately want to have research funding. Academics with research funding desperately want to have more research funding. The amount of grant money that scientists bring in is slowly overtaking peer reviewed output as the most important research KPI, at least in the world’s top universities. If funding dries up, careers,Continue reading “Perverse Research Incentives and the Wuhan “Lab Leak” Theory”

Teach Students What They Need to Know, Not What They Want to Know

Students are not customers. Higher education is not a product to be consumed. If students were simply consumers, then universities would need to cater to their every want. Indeed, some do, but a parochial focus on giving students exactly what they want is not in the long-term best interests of the graduates, nor of theContinue reading “Teach Students What They Need to Know, Not What They Want to Know”

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