Making Professors Accountable

Gaye Tuchman

in Wannabe U

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226815299
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226815282 | DOI:
Making Professors Accountable

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This chapter considers some ways of making the faculty accountable, including the use of external reviews and “datamining” about graduate programs to eliminate graduate departments. It discusses how much the faculty at Wannabe University is already being audited, although the professors do not identify the forms that they submit either to be granted promotion and tenure or to receive merit raises as structures associated with an accountability regime. The chapter also contrasts the American accountability regime with the highly centralized system introduced to British higher education in the 1990s. Although the centralization and rationalization being imposed on American research universities is less marked than the practices now found in the British system, the American accountability regime developing in higher education resembles the regimes imposed in other fields with ideological content as well as in health care.

Keywords: accountability; higher education; managing; academic administrator; audit culture; Wannabe University; accountability regime; central administration; public research university

Chapter.  8234 words. 

Subjects: Higher and Further Education

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