The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Pay For [NOOK Book]

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Veteran journalist Naomi Shaefer Riley contends that tenure—the jobs-for-life entitlement that comes with a university position—is at the heart of so many problems with higher education today. She explores how tenure—with the job security, mediocre salaries, and low levels of accountability it entails—may be attracting the least innovative and interesting members of our society into teaching.
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The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Pay For

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Overview

Veteran journalist Naomi Shaefer Riley contends that tenure—the jobs-for-life entitlement that comes with a university position—is at the heart of so many problems with higher education today. She explores how tenure—with the job security, mediocre salaries, and low levels of accountability it entails—may be attracting the least innovative and interesting members of our society into teaching.
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For Riley (God on the Quad), the problem with our university system lies with the concept of tenured faculty. Although allowing that "tenure is not the reason why college costs so much," Riley's energies are largely devoted to arguing that "tenure... is eroding American education from the inside out." As a safeguard for academic freedom, Riley argues that there are areas of study where academic freedom is "an almost irrelevant concept." The path to tenure encourages "trivial research and publication," and once achieved, tenure means that professors "can simply neglect their students with little or no consequence." While "not the primary cause of the financial problems" facing higher education, it is "one reason colleges will have such a difficult time digging themselves out." Tied with this harangue about tenure, Riley considers the ambiguous role of "industry-sponsored research," the problems faced by adjunct faculty, and the threat posed by unions. That "military schools and religious institutions are places where tenure is least prevalent" is not an reassuring argument. In any event, according to Riley, "faculty off the tenure track make up about 70 percent of the total and more than half the undergraduate classes," which makes much of Riley's quarrel tangential. Unfortunately, as Riley's tone becomes acerbic, readers who might glean something noteworthy may just tune out. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566638883
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 745,293
  • File size: 509 KB

Meet the Author

Naomi Schaefer Riley was, until recently, the deputy Taste editor of the Wall Street Journal, where she covered higher education for the editorial page. She is the winner of the 2006 American Academy of Religion's Newswriting Contest for Opinion Writing. Ms. Riley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She lives in the suburbs of New York with her husband Jason and two children.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. A New Look at an Old Question
Chapter 2. The Battle Cry of Academic Freedom
Chapter 3. Stop the Academic Presses: Get Teachers Back in the Classroom
Chapter 4. The Academic Underclass
Chapter 5. The Unions Are Coming
Chapter 6. University Politics and the Politics of the University
Chapter 7. Following the Money
Afterword: The Olin Experiment
Suggested Readings
Index
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