The Conglomerate notes this Chronicle story on the cuts in Iowa that include doing away with the faculty sabbatical.  But as Glenn Reynolds finds, it is administrative bloat that is the source of all these “costs.”  He also notes that institutions that have sabbaticals, and use them, have professors who are research oriented and are more productive.  A deeper question in this era of austerity on the state level is what is the reason we have higher education?  What value does it provide to a state–or the Union?