ERIC Number: ED431362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Universities Today. Scholarship, Self-Interest, and Politics for Concerned Citizens, Students, Parents, Alumni, Officials, Educational Administrators, Academicians.
This book examines issues facing higher education today, especially the need to reverse the frequently adversarial relationship between the academy and the larger society. Chapter 1 addresses common criticisms of the university. Chapter 2 considers issues of freedom and order, the role of trustees, alumni, and university administration and organization. Chapter 3 is about faculty work, including the professorial role, tenure and promotion, faculty compensation, teaching, research, and accountability. Chapter 4 discusses the dilemma of faculty politics, including such issues as female/minority faculty, free speech, racism, and multicultural education. Chapter 5 considers the politics of violence and harassment, and analyzes several specific cases. Chapter 6 discusses student-related issues, including gender differences in learning, choosing an undergraduate college, grade inflation, athletics, graduation, and some student-related university dilemmas. Student learning and politics, including such issues as cheating, drinking, and homosexuality, are the focus of chapter 7. Chapter 8 offers several profiles of faculty members, and chapter 9 offers suggestions for change, such as more rigorous requirements for faculty tenure, simplifying organizational structure, fewer and better programs, year-round operation, and rejection of the corrosive politics of self-interest and incivility. (Individual chapters contain references.) (DB)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Faculty, College Role, College Students, Educational Philosophy, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Role of Education, Sociocultural Patterns, Trend Analysis
University Press of America, Inc. 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706.
Publication Type: Books
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