The Fall of the Faculty

The Fall of the Faculty Review

"In his lacerating "The Fall of the Faculty," Mr. Ginsberg argues that universities have degenerated into poorly managed pseudo-corporations controlled by bureaucrats so far removed from research and teaching that they have barely any idea what these activities involve. He attacks virtually everyone from overpaid presidents and provosts down through development officers, communications specialists and human-resource staffers but he reserves his most bitter scorn for the midlevel "associate deans" and "assistant deans" who often have the most direct control over the faculty. Mr. Ginsberg refers to them as "deanlets," but at my institution they are often called "ass. deans." The Fall of the Faculty" reads like a cross between a grand-jury indictment and a call to arms. Yet as bracing and darkly pleasurable as this call is, it is hard to imagine professors joining the resistance with so few weapons at their disposal."--The Wall Street Journal

Title:The Fall of the Faculty
Edition Language:English

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  • Jeremy

    This is a deeply flawed book that makes half an important argument. Ginsberg argues that tenure is under threat (yes) and that university tuition is skyrocketing (yes). The cause he identifies for bot...

  • Jocelyn

    "The Fall of the Faculty" was a fascinating read, because it combined a lot of useful statistics (50% increase in faculty/students vs. 85% increase in administration in the same time period; % of univ...

  • Adam Balshan

    3.5 stars [Education]Benjamin Ginsberg writes an expose of corruption in the University.Writing: 3 starsIt is well-written (3.5), but not well-organized (2.5).Use: 3.5 starsTruth: 4 starsI underlined ...

  • Nathan Leslie

    This one has really stuck with me. Ginsberg does not pull a single punch here and though when I first read this book in 2012 or so it annoyed me that Ginsberg's opinion was so ever-present in the text...

  • Laurel

    I am once again embarking on my quest for next year's Associate Dean Think Tank NERCHE common read. I was shocked, appalled and disappointed with this author's very angry point of view. The entire ton...

  • Stephen Case

    There’s something wrong with American higher education today, and Benjamin Ginsberg, a political science professor who has worked at multiple prestigious U.S. universities, is convinced he’s ident...

  • Ossian

    The section on activism and administration left me with a very bad taste in my mouth (it's a bad thing to ban sexual harassment on campus? or something? first amendment et cetera). He fundamentally mi...

  • Tara Brabazon

    I absolutely adore this book. I read it. Turned to the front of the book. Read it again. Ginsberg hits full attack mode in questioning what has happened to our universities since the administrators to...

  • Jamie

    While I completely agree with the fundamental argument of this book and have seen it in action at a university where I work, his tone is pretty pompous and rude; it's almost like the first angry draft...

  • Joe

    There are many things wrong with American higher education. This book gets at none of them. A cranky conspiracy theory that claims that a shadow army of "deanlets" has stolen the university from its f...