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Author Smelser, Neil J.
Title Dynamics of the contemporary university [electronic resource] : growth, accretion, and conflict / Neil J. Smelser.
Published Berkely : University of California Press, [2013]
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 Electronic Book  LA227.4 .S581 2013eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (x, 139 pages)
Contents Machine generated contents note: Acknowledgments -- Chapter I: Dynamics of American Universities -- Apologia -- What Kind of Creature is Higher Education? -- Functions -- The Problematic Status of "Functions" -- Moral Embeddedness -- Structural Changes Accompanying Growth -- Increasing the Size of Units -- Segmentation of Units -- Differentiation -- Proliferation -- Coordination -- A Peculiar Case in Higher Education: Structural Accretion -- A Historical Sketch of the Process -- The Discipline-based Academic Department: So Strong and Yet So -- Frail -- The Organized Research Unit as Distraction from Departments -- Reactions and Conflicts Endemic in the Process of Accretion -- Conditions Producing the Endemic Pattern -- Two Long-term Consequences of Accretion -- The Structuring of Faculty Activities -- Implications for Academic Community -- Chapter 2: The Dynamics Ramify: Academic Politics, Conflict, and Inequality -- Instabilities Imposed on Inertial Stability -- Of Pythons and Goats -- Economic Fluctuations -- Competitors for Resources -- Relevance to Accretion -- Accretion and the Growth of Political Constituencies -- Internal Constituencies -- External Constituencies -- Accretion, Revenues, and Costs -- Accretion, Academic Administration, and Higher Education Politics -- Management as Science and Art -- Administration as Threat to Academic Culture -- Administration as Parkinsonian -- The Structural Alternative -- Implications for Shared Governance -- Accretion and Academic Stratification -- Institutional Prestige -- Multicampus Systems and Stratification -- Prestige Among Disciplines -- Chapter 3: Contemporary Trends: Diagnoses and Conditional Predictions -- An Unprecedented Perfect Storm -- Unproductive Paradoxes: Starvation, Accountability, and Governance -- General Consequences of Shifts in Support and Costs -- Accountability, Governance, and Support. -- The Many Faces of Commercialization -- The Language and Imagery of Corporatism and Its -- Consequences -- Consumerism -- Economizing as a Way of Life -- University-Industry Relations -- On-line Distance Instruction and the Rise of the For-profits -- Non-tenured and Part-time Faculty -- Implications for Tenure -- Excursus on Academic Freedom -- Coda -- References.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject Universities and colleges -- United States.
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- United States.
Educational change -- United States.
Related To Print version: Smelser, Neil J. Dynamics of the contemporary university. . 9780520275812 0520275810 (DLC) 2012039812
ISBN 0520955250 (electronic bk.)
9780520955257 (electronic bk.)
9780520275812 (hardback)
0520275810 (hardback)