Fall of the Faculty

I am currently reading Benjamin Ginsberg’s The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Ginsberg, a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, provides a damning exposé of university administration in the United States, highlighting the dramatic growth of administrators and bureaucratic power in American universities over the past three decades. Ginsberg uses data on university administration, news stories about scandals involving administrators, and personal anecdotes from his own career to paint a disturbing portrait of presidents, “deanlets”, and other administrators. Professors will find many of Ginsberg’s observations about university administration all too familiar.

The book description is available at the Oxford University Press website.

The Wall Street Journal has published a book review of The Fall of the FacultyInside Higher Ed interviews Ginsberg about the book on its website.

I am about halfway through the book now.  I will update this post with additional comments on the book once I am finished reading it.


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