First Things editor R.R. Reno takes a look at the ongoing discussion about the connection between ever-increasing costs at academic institutions and the large number of faculty members who do little or no teachng. Their primary purpose seems to be to enhance their school's public profile and keep the undergraduate applications on the rise.
But if you're a student trying to find them in a classroom, good luck: they're getting paid - a lot - to write, write, write. What would be the impact on institutional expenses, Reno asks, if we put 'em to work with even a couple of additional courses per year? A lively comments thread follows.