Tuesday, September 13, 2011
From the professorial perspective, the university exists to promote teaching by providing faculty members with classrooms, laboratories, libraries, computers, and other instructional resources. From the administrative perspective, however, the purpose of teaching is to [bring students} into its dormitories and classrooms. Administrators think teaching serves the university, not the converse.
Ginsberg, Benjamin (2011). The Fall of the Faculty
I admit that I never thought about academic administration this way, but there is some truth in this insight.