The fiction that all universities run on in the age of tuition dependency is that some academic activity (by staff) is work that must be remunerated by the university while other academic activity (by students) is a product being consumed that must be bought from the uni.
@robbiediaz_: If it did, the University would be in the untenable position of paying each graduate student an hourly wage to complete their own school work, transforming ordinary educational learning work into work for wages.”
Graduate students structurally make this fiction very difficult to sustain, and thus we get statements like the above.
If we admitted that graduate research is work, then we might have to admit that all academic work by students is work, down to pre-schoolers tracing letters, and that making education a commodity is bananas.
Which a tuition-dependent institution can’t do!