Many scholars believe their peers will judge them harshly if they don't write that way... a pressing question to the universities: Is it now mandatory to write badly?
A most pressing question. I believe that in many fields, not just academia, the pressures to write badly are stronger than the pressures to write well. This is because pellucid writing increases the vulnerability of the writer (to being proved wrong, for example). In our current climate, the reduction of vulnerability is the stronger motivator.
One must be seen to be performing the act of communication, but one must not actually communicate. There is therefore a tacit conspiracy of pseudo-communication: I will pretend to speak, you will pretend to hear.
I am currently involved in writing a number of corporate documents, and sometimes I feel as if my job is to embellish pseudo-communication until it is devoid of content.
In order to deliver our aims systemically, we will deploy a range of enabling processes to maximise their impact
At the same time there is great attention to the grammar, spelling, and format of documents. These are important but secondary considerations. Having something clear to communicate, and setting about the task with gusto, are far more important IMHO, and increasingly unlikely to be found.