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The Convenient On-Campus Bookstore

Here the tour guide points out the convenient bookstore — right there on the grounds of our great school. (They say “campus” at most schools, but not at the University of Virginia, where it’s called “The Grounds” because that’s what Thomas Jefferson called it.) Yes, it’s convenient, but the school gets its cut of bookstore revenue, making it all the more important that students shop there! This point can be made many times, but colleges and universities love the revenues of their own operations such as food service and bookstores. Typically the revenues can be spent with much looser controls than apply to other funds.

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Love for the Masses

Elites love the masses, don’t we? Even when they don’t deserve it?

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Civility is Everything

Civility is everything on campus, name calling is always wrong — but what if someone disagrees?

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Special Role for Parents

Most colleges and universities have a special role for parents, a role the academic mice celebrate in this cartoon.

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Happiness and meaning

Don’t you just love the innocence of academics? They can be oh so clever at academic writing — but when it comes to living out what they write, well, they don’t exactly do that.

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Tuition Setting

In what other business can you be a hero by over-pricing your service and then offering discounts? The key is to call the discounts “scholarships.” Then you’re a hero.

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Important Freedoms

The academic custom of tenure grants job security after a thorough review of a candidate’s teaching, research and service. Not all faculty are tenure-eligible. For those who do find themselves in tenured positions, there’s a lot of freedom. It can be used in many different ways, as our academic mice demonstrate in this cartoon.

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Run Education Like a Business

Some administrators would prefer to run education like a business — but only when it suits their purposes, such as getting faculty to provide more uncompensated duty. When it comes to other practices, such as firing managers who produce nothing, they are not so enthusiastic.

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Small, Personal Classes

What’s a tour guide to do when asked about the size of first-year classes? This academic mouse tour guide answers with the truth, sort of.

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Professor mouse loves the masses

Elites are always concerned with the well-being of “the masses,” those who toil away every day making things work. They may even love the masses, but professor mouse shows it’s not always individual.