ERIC Number: ED121232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Collective Bargaining on the Issue of "Excellence or Equality" in Higher Education.
Kaufman, Jacob J.; Flanary, Patricia E.
What is the effect of collective bargaining on the issue of excellence or equality in higher education? Relevant to this discussion are: (1) institutions of higher education vary so greatly in goals, student bodies, and products that we cannot study higher education as a single industry producing a single product; (2) the economic and political environment within which institutions of higher education operate will tend to foster the growth of collective bargaining in universities; (3) faculties and university administrators tend to overestimate the effect of faculty unionization on them and their institutions; and (4) as collective bargaining becomes more widespread in American colleges and universities, the early fears of all subgroups involved will probably appear to have been exaggerated. The concern of many faculty members that collective bargaining would transfer to a union their alleged authority is an illustration of an area in which faculty fears about the long-run effects of unionization on institutional autonomy have been exaggerated. Collective bargaining will not have a significant impact on the issue of excellence or equality. Faculty unionization probably will be absorbed into the existing system without materially changing it. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Higher Education (3rd, Lancaster, England, September 1975)