We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan at Flint and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, recently calculated that his university has nearly 100 diversity administrators, more than 25 of them earning over $100,000 a year. Collectively, they cost the University of Michigan, with fringe benefits, about $11 million annually. Adding in other costs such as travel and office space expenses, the total cost rises to perhaps $14 million, or $300 for every enrolled student at the U of M in the fall semester 2017...
Universities have weak leadership, a combination of design and Laissez-faire management. The president has some power but dares not overstep or do anything controversial. The board, if there is one, has some power but they too walk a fine line. It is simply safer to "go along to get along". So hire 100 diversity administrators, it's not as though they are spending their own money. Don't rock the boat, let the loudest or fiercest voices rule. Don't get in front of the mob. The real power in universities is the unions and a bunch of professors and administrators.
Universities are a depreciating asset. The student loan thing plus the MOOC will kill a lot of them off.
I have five kids. Four have bachelors degrees and three have graduate degrees. The one with no bachelors is the only one who owns a house. He is a fireman and has a wife who runs a nice business from home. One of his sisters, who's a lawyer, owns a condo.
We are in Oregon to attend the wedding of my wife's grandson. His father and his brother and he all work building custom houses. They are all doing well. None has a degree.