After writing the last bit about SIU and Carbondale interactions, I realized that I hadn't gone far enough. In addition to it being in current SIU employees best interests to have Carbondale do poorly economically, it is also better for the current SIU employees if the enrollment goes down. After all, less students means less mess, less interruptions in your office, less papers to grade and more time to do anything else but deal with students.
You could argue that this will be bad for the future SIU employees and that is certainly true. But the current employees of SIU aren't going to be paid more or get more then the one job they have now, no matter what.
It might be time for SIU's management to change things so there is a reward for SIU doing better. In the real world, if an organization does poorly, people are fired, raises aren't given, outside managers brought in or at least a whole lot of yelling. At SIU, the same people who are failing continue to get paid and ignored.
It is a sad story about poor management, isn't it?
Of course, your comments are welcome.