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The faculty lounges : and other reasons why you won't get the college education you paid for

Author: Naomi Schaefer Riley
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee ; [Lanham, Md.] : Distributed by National Book Network, ©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 22 percent over the past decade at private research universities. Parents and taxpayers shouldn't get overheated about  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Schaefer Riley
ISBN: 9781566638869 1566638860 9781566638883 1566638887
OCLC Number: 681502170
Description: xiii, 195 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: A new look at an old question --
The battle cry of academic freedom --
Stop the academic presses: get teachers back in the classroom --
The academic underclass --
The unions are coming --
University politics and the politics of the university --
Following the money --
Afterword: the Olin experiment.
Responsibility: Naomi Schaefer Riley.

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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 22 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. And 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.

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In The Faculty Lounges, Naomi Schaefer Riley, a former member of the Journal's editorial-page staff, takes up the question of academic tenure-what it was intended to be, what abuses it now invites Read more...

 
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