I have opinions about academia. Here are some of them:
– Money. There needs to be more of it. This is not a new sentiment, but it’s a shame when I can triple my income by getting an “industry” job, relative to a friend of mine who researches neuron pathways in the brain.
– Focus. Academia is really good at producing academics. It is not so good at producing “highly trained personnel” for any other field. Some sort of magic pathway for these people would be welcome.
– Bullshit. There needs to be much less of it. Fewer forms, fewer hoops to jump through, etc.
– Community. There needs to be more of it. I don’t know if that’s a responsibility of the institution, but the institution in question sure can help with it.