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July 31, 2004


Jonathan Dresner

This is done in a more subtle form in the US, in the form of a focus on 'retention' instead of on maintaining or raising standards; the use of student enrollment figures as a primary way of distributing funds and faculty lines doesn't always make things better, either.

Ralph Luker

Jonathan is exactly correct. In one of the more extreme forms of it that I experienced, the President of a liberal arts college sent a memo to faculty members which put us on notice that the percentage of faculty salary increases for the coming academic year would be tied directly to student retention rates.

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