Thursday, October 09, 2003

Corruption is corruption 

While I'm on the ASA kick, I'd like to note Prof. Charles Nuckolls' comments on a post I made on administrative tenure. He and Prof. David Beito have an article last weekend in the Birmingham News which further makes the case. I would be more likely to agree with them on faculty governance if we spoke of universities where faculty could clearly speak for themselves. In our unionized setting, however, a "shared governance" model takes on wholly different qualities and defanging the administrative serpents could remove a countervailing power against the corruption of the academic mission to which faculty unions may fall prey. There is no reason to prefer faculty corruption over administrative corruption, particularly when granted coercive union powers.