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ERIC Number: EJ831853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-6
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Downturn Threatens the Faculty's Role in Running Colleges
Wilson, Robin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n22 pA1 Feb 2009
The author reports that tough economic times are leading administrators to propose changes that short-circuit faculty governance, long a prized principle that gives professors wide-ranging authority over educational matters. The results, faculty members say, are hastily conceived plans that reorganize academic programs, decrease professors' roles in shaping the curriculum, and jeopardize tenure applications--all done with little advice from the faculty, in the name of saving money. Administrators insist they do consult widely with professors, but charge that faculty senates can be difficult to work with. Administrators also acknowledge that they can not always spend months deliberating over a plan, pointing out that it is they who are held responsible by boards for whether a university thrives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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