Yet another reason why ASHE sucks

ASHE being the Association for the Study of Higher Education, of course.

An anonymous correspondent sent me this quote, from a review of their ASHE conference proposal they just received:

Finally, while I fully understand that “control” and “treatment” are generically used terms in statistical analysis, the use of them in the way that they are here is somewhat offensive. Words are important, and to append “treatment” to the community college student group puts a sub-textual idea in the reader’s mind that these students are somehow “sick” and in need of “treatment.” It would be simple enough to avoid the terminology in future iterations of the paper without violating any statistical imperative.

You read that correctly: using the words treatment and control is offensive to the ASHE mind.

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