Monday, July 18, 2011

March of the Ass. Deans

“Generally speaking,a million-dollar president could be kidnapped by space aliens and it would be weeks or even months before his or her absence from campus was noticed.”  So writes Benjamin Ginsberg, a political scientist at John Hopkins, in his new book, The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters. Universities have been overtaken by assistant deans and other minor administrators whose primary mission is to justify their own existence. “Armies of staffers pose a threat by their very existence,” Ginsberg writes. “They may seem harmless enough at their tiresome meetings but if they fall into the wrong hands, deanlets can become instruments of administrative imperialism and academic destruction.”

Read the excellent interview with Ginsberg and article by Dan Berrett at Inside Higher Ed.

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