I don't think that I am a expert on higher education. I'm not sure that I know that much about it. I do know about leadership and building organizations. I also know how to hire and fire. What I'm writing about here is running an organization and analyzing SIUC's management, how to get a student to write a poem, research a term paper, grade on a curve and the rest of academic trivia isn't something that interests me.
The Chronicle is a don't care. I'm putting my finger on problems at SIUC here in this little blog. Mostly, I am just writing about the problems people tell me about and spinning it through my management beliefs. If I was in charge of SIUC and was going to make money by fixing it, I would find a sudden interest.
Let me suggest something to all you readers. Instead of wasting your time reading the Chronicle, why don't you go and read "Good to Great" instead? That is a book about getting the very average organization to become a great one. The wisdom is in there. To ignore our cultures mainstream management press is a mistake if you care to fix this place. It is an easy read, you can go back to the Chronicle after you are done.
The reason most people become professors is because they don't want to hassle with the management nitty gritty that I thrive in. I don't blame you, but please don't complain if you don't want to help fix the problems.
To the commenter, if you want to tell a joke you need to include a :) at the end. :) Either way, it made me laugh.