The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters

The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters

by Benjamin Ginsberg
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The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters by Benjamin Ginsberg

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. In a further irony, 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. By embracing initiatives such as affirmative action, the administration gained favor with these groups and legitimized a thinly cloaked gambit to bolster their power over the faculty.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199782444
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/12/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for the Study of American Government, and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His previous books include Downsizing Democracy, American Government: Power and Purpose, and We the People: An Introduction to American Politics.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truthful work which will be ignored by academe which is unfortunate for the survival of our universities and our young. Ed
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