Professors at most colleges and universities these days have to publish their research in order to win tenure and impress fellow academics who might some day offer them a better job. Often that research is of extremely dubious value and only gets published by university presses. Mal Kline of Accuracy in Academia writes here about some examples.
In his recent book Education’s End, Professor Anthony Kronman of Yale laments the damage that has been done by the “research ideal” that has come to dominate higher education. He writes, “In the natural and social sciences, the goal of an ever-closer approximation to the truth seems entirely reasonable….In the humanities, this is less clear.” Kronman is too polite to blurt out the truth — a lot of academic research is just twaddle.