Aqualibrium wrote:I spoke to a couple of well known legal scholars and administrators, a few of whom were teaching in Philly, none of them knew a thing about the current Villanova scandal. They really didn't seem to care much when I explained it to them either. I would have thought that educators and current and former deans and associate deans would really be fired up by a colleague blatantly lying. If employers are anything like them, I don't think this will have much of an impact with anyone but students.
I also had an interesting conversation with all of them about the cost of law school. They all, with the exception of two, were tenured profs at t10's. They seem to think that law school enrollment is actually going down because students are weighing the cost vs. the benefit lol (they obviously don't talk to admissions much). They really didn't seem to care at all though. They were totally disconnected, didn't even know how much tuition was at their schools. I suppose they don't have to care...Being a tenured professor who is also active in academia is the best gig in the world. You make mid six figures, you get ferried all over the country to present papers and give speeches, and they generally can't get rid of you unless you lay hands on a student.
Professors don't like administrators, they usually put constrains on what they want to do. Deans are bound by some business requirements of the schools. I don't really know how they think about fudging the data, it is only embarassing when you get caught. Professors don't care much because they probably expect the deans to do it. The deed benefit them if it brings in more funding, but doesn't really hurt them because they are not fudging.
Being a professor is a great job, but I don't know if you would call making mid 100's after a few years the "best gig". It is also very political in department, but I suppose it's like that in any working/social unit.