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If the form-filling that plagues academia is pointless, why do academics comply with it? asks Eliane Glaser

This Parent Trap Involves $71 Billion of Federal Education Debt

The U.S. government is sitting on a growing pile of debt backed by little more than parental love.

University of Massachusetts President Martin T. Meehan handed out hefty raises of up to $20,000 to his staff and other brass, including high-paid cronies of former President William M. Bulger, months after hitting up students for stiff tuition hikes, a Herald review has found.The raises included a $19,000 increase for UMass Executive Vice President James Julian Jr., Bulger’s former top aide, who is now earning $371,384 a year — or about $221,000 more than what Gov. Charlie Baker ...