The administration, by the way, doesn’t want us to be stuck in an online format for the next academic year. They suspect we don’t work enough when we are at home and feel like we don’t earn our keep.
The students are hating the online format profoundly.
It’s the faculty who are driving the madness. They are enjoying sitting at home doing nothing and still getting paid. Plus, it’s politically expedient, so why not?
I used to believe in the “evil administration” trope but now I know that every idiotic thing in academia is fervently desired by faculty. Even the existence of a mushrooming administration is. I’m still traumatized over how 96% of faculty at my college voted for an institution of a new deanlet of diversity position in addition to two university-wide diversity offices.