A Purdue University professor has pleaded guilty to defrauding the National Science Foundation out of $1.3 million (https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13887). He used taxpayers’ money, earmarked for “research,” to hire his minor children to no-show jobs… and buy a house. He had his wife apply for the grants in her own name, then launder the money back to him.
Meanwhile, another prof at Drexel U. has paid back more than $50,000 in research grants that he spent on visits to strip clubs and sports bars. (“Well, it’s a kind of research, isn’t it?”) Drexel has agreed to pay back some $190,000 to avoid further investigation by the federal Dept. of Justice.
It was taxpayer money that was supposed to go for “research.” That means you and I had to work to earn it so the government could take it.
In 2017 Drexel received some $70 million in federal research funding.
“Higher education”–it’s slowly killing us.