The Changing Landscape of the Academic Profession: Faculty Culture at For-Profit Colleges and Universities by Vicente M. LechugaThe Changing Landscape of the Academic Profession: Faculty Culture at For-Profit Colleges and Universities by Vicente M. Lechuga

The Changing Landscape of the Academic Profession: Faculty Culture at For-Profit Colleges and…

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Hardcover | December 13, 2005

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The rapid success of for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs) only recently has caught the attention of scholars in academe. The continuing expansion of the proprietary higher education sector has lead to fundamental questions regarding the purpose and function of FPCUs. As new technologies continue to emerge, education is becoming of increasing import to employees seeking to upgrade their skills and employers in search of individuals who possess the necessary expertise and training to help their organizations succeed. For-profit institutions challenge traditional notions of the academy--such as shared governance, tenure, and academic freedom--by utilizing administrative practices that more aptly apply to the corporate arena. Moreover, they exclusively employ non-tenure-track faculty members.
This study provides a framework for understanding faculty roles and responsibilities at for profit colleges and universities. The author employs a series of in-depth interviews with 53 faculty members, from four for-profit institutions. Utilizing a cultural framework, the study explores the attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of faculty work with particular consideration given to faculty member's non-tenure-track status, participation in decision-making activities, and academic freedom. The study examines the culture of the faculty work by asking how the profit-seeking nature of the institution affects their efforts inside and outside of the classroom. The author introduces a new component to the cultural framework that illustrates how the close ties between FPCUs and business and industry affect the nature of faculty work.
Vicente M. Lechugais a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, at the University of Southern California. He is the co-editor of the recentNew Directions for Higher Educationissue entitledRestructuring Shared Governance in HigherEducation. He received the 2004 Excellence in the Academy Award from the ...
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Title:The Changing Landscape of the Academic Profession: Faculty Culture at For-Profit Colleges and…Format:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.7 inPublished:December 13, 2005Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415976995

ISBN - 13:9780415976992

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"Both researchers and teachers of faculty life will find the book useful, and it will be particularly useful to researchers addressing the questions raised above." ¿ Carole J. Bland, The Journal of Higher Education, March/April 2008