The fall of the faculty : the rise of the all-administrative university and why it matters / Benjamin Ginsberg
- Ginsberg, Benjamin
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 
- Copyright Date:
- Physical Description:
- x, 248 pages ; 25 cm
- The growth of administration -- What administrators do -- Managerial pathologies -- The realpolitik of race and gender -- There is no such thing as academic freedom (for professors): the rise and fall of the tenure system -- Research and teaching at the all-administrative university -- What is to be done.
- Until very recently, American universities were led mainly by their faculties, which viewed intellectual production and pedagogy as the core missions of higher education. Today, as Benjamin Ginsberg warns in this eye-opening, controversial book, "deanlets"--Administrators and staffers often without serious academic backgrounds or experience---are setting the educational agenda. The Fall of the Faculty examines the fallout of rampant administrative blight that now plagues the nation's universities. In the past decade, universities have added layers of administrators and staffers to their payrolls every year even while laying off full-time faculty in increasing numbers---ostensibly because of budget cuts. Many of the newly minted---and non-academic---administrators are career managers who downplay the importance of teaching and research, as evidenced by their tireless advocacy for a banal "life skills" curriculum. Consequently, students are denied a more enriching educational experience---one defined by intellectual rigor. Ginsberg also reveals how the legitimate grievances of minority groups and liberal activists, which were traditionally championed by faculty members, have, in the hands of administrators, been reduced to chess pieces in a game of power politics. As troubling as this trend has become, there are ways to reverse it. The Fall of the Faculty outlines how we can revamp the system so that real educators can regain their voice in curriculum policy.
- 9780199782444 (hardback : acid-free paper)
019978244X (hardback : acid-free paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
View MARC record | catkey: 13221451