The Faculty Lounges

The Faculty Lounges

And Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Paid for

Book - 2011
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College tuition has risen four times faster than the rate of inflation in the past two decades. While faculties like to blame the rising costs on fancy athletic buildings and bloated administrations, professors are hardly getting the short end of the stick. Spending on instruction has increased twenty-two percent over the past decade at private research universities. Parents and taxpayers shouldn't get overheated about faculty salaries: tenure is where they should concentrate their anger. The jobs-for-life entitlement that comes with an ivory tower position is at the heart of so many problems with higher education today. Veteran journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley, an alumna of one of the country's most expensive and best-endowed schools, explores how tenure has promoted a class system in higher education, leaving contingent faculty who are barely making minimum wage and have no time for students to teach large swaths of the undergraduate population. She shows how the institution of tenure forces junior professors to keep their mouths shut for a decade or more if they disagree with senior faculty about anything from politics to research methods. Lastly, she examines how the institution of 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.
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee ; [Lanham, Md.] : Distributed by National Book Network, c2011.
ISBN: 9781566638869
1566638860
Branch Call Number: 378.73 Riley 07/2011
Characteristics: xiii, 195 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.

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woostermatt Mar 19, 2012

Thanks for the review. But you could spare us the lecture on politics. Not sure what taxes have to do with it. Colleges are private institutions. Do you mean universities?

Bottom line: There are thousands of schools to choose from - and plenty with a conservative bent, if that's your preference. Stop your whining.

OhioEngineer Mar 18, 2012

A very good and timely book - and quite disturbing. I don't know what I found to be worse: the terrible damage the tenure system has brought to our great university system; or the extreme leftwing viewpoints of the majority of college professors today. Whatever happened with going to college to get a "well-rounded" education? But back to the book - I found it well written, easy to read and backed up by facts. A must read for anyone with college-age children - or for anyone who pays taxes for that matter.

Note: my taxes support the state univeristy system, which gives me a very valid right to "whine."

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