How to Build a Faculty Culture of Change
- An increasingly federalized market for undergraduate education, in which the federal government has become the principal third-party payer, has made the competition for new students the sine qua non of financial success.
- A moribund accreditation system punishes those who try to do things differently.
- A troublesome fractiousness holds sway on many campuses, with a take-no-prisoners rhetoric.
- And a faculty, encamped just north of Armageddon, knows that change lies just over the horizon but is not yet convinced that change is either necessary or desirable.
Colleges with collective bargaining face a more complex challenge. Almost uniformly, faculty unions have made protection of the status quo the standard by which to judge success, along with their ability to win salary increases for their members—the tasks one expects a good, well-connected, well-organized union to undertake.