My post on unproductive academics raised a lot of issues in the thread. A common argument was to blame university management for all the woes of the Australian university system. I have a lot of sympathy for that argument but two problems arise. One I’m not happy to blame management for the fact that a large number of academic staff cannot publish four articles in three years. Second bad management is a symptom of a deeper problem.
The governance of Australian universities is poor. University councils are not elected by alumni. Nor are council members usually financial donors. Why would we expect them to be any good at monitoring university management. They simply have no skin in the game. Please note I am not saying that these individuals aren’t well-meaning pillars of the community.