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Some Professors Do Lots of Work, But . . .

In a Minding the Campus essay, Charlotte Allen weighs in on the battle over the David Levy op-ed that stirred up a hornets’ nest by saying that college professors don’t work very hard.

The life of a professor can entail a lot of work, but I have known some who admit that they treat it like a part-time job that pays quite nicely. It seems to me that the crucial question is how much of their work benefits the students. As Professor Murray Sperber noted in a Pope Center piece last year, many professors avoid one of the most difficult and time-consuming yet vital of tasks — careful editing of student papers.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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