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September 16, 2008

I don’t want to give anybody any bright ideas, but this is so outrageous that I had to share: at the University of Georgia, faculty are now required to vet their travel plans with the provost, even when they intend to pay for it themselves. The rationale? “The university’s president, Michael F. Adams, recently told a local newspaper, the Athens Banner-Herald, that ‘what we do in this [financial] climate gets looked at, and perceptions matter’.” Provost Arnett C. Mace Jr. is quoted as saying, “‘[s]ome people argue that there is no cost to the university,’ … referring to trips that faculty members pay for on their own. ‘But the person is not here conducting scholarly work or teaching’.” Bad luck if ones scholarly work requires one to go elsewhere. (Source: Chronicle).

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