Survey: Faculty out of the loop

by E Wayne Ross on June 12, 2009

Inside Higher Ed: Out of the Loop

Sixty-four percent of American faculty members at four-year colleges believe that their institutions have a “strong emphasis” on a “top down management style,” according to an international survey of professors being released today at the annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors. Only 31 percent said that they believed there was a strong emphasis on collegiality in decision making, and only 30 percent believe that there is a strong emphasis on good communication between management of higher education and academics.

British professors in the survey had an even gloomier view on those measures of shared governance. Professors in China saw a bit more collegiality (35 percent) and less of a top down management style (57 percent).