7. You are so right about the meetings, at all levels of the universities.
Pro-forma, pre-scripted and everyone sucking up to whomever's running the meeting, whether it's the faculty sucking up to the department chair, or the department chairs sucking up to the college dean, or the college deans sucking up to the u. president.
If tenured and tenure-stream, full-time faculty had academic integrity, and/or "collegiality" with other members of their respective disciplines/professions, they would speak up in behalf of the exploited graduate student teaching fellows and teaching assistants, and adjunct faculty. Instead it is one recurrent budget battle over dividing up the bucks, devil take the hindmost. My older brother had a Ph.D. in engineering and taught at Purdue before going on to work for major corporations (General Electric/Upjohn Pharmaceutical). He said the political infighting in academia was far more vicious than in corporations.