The Fall of the Faculty: Governing Universities in the 21st Century

THU, NOV 3, 2011 (1:26:06)

(CASE WESTERN 2011) Ben Ginsberg discusses patterns of university governance that threaten school missions. In his book The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters, Ginsberg argues that management structures have been imposed without attention to whether they make sense for the university context. Administrative positions are created with work generated to justify their existence, and activities that seem to faculty as diversions from their missions are justified as serving student needs or required by government mandates. Ginsberg argues that these trends are better understood as results of a natural human pursuit of power and of the faculty not always being willing to insist that it take on the hard work of governance.

+ BIO: Prof. Benjamin Ginsberg

Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies in Washington, DC. His research interests include American politics, Jewish history, higher education policy, and the societal impact of war and violence. He is the author, coauthor or editor of 24 books and is a survey-based study entitled, “What the Government Thinks of the People.”

Case Western Reserve University