An unusual new study of the effects of faculty unionization on public universities—rather than on just faculty members themselves—reaches the controversial conclusion that such institutions generally become more efficient and effective when their professors form collective-bargaining units.
“Unionization contributes to lower budgets, higher graduation rates, and a greater number of degrees and completions,” says a draft report on the study’s findings scheduled to be presented on Sunday in New York, at the annual conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions.
You can read the entire article in the Chronicle of Higher Education here, although it’s behind a paywall for now.
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An interesting and important article, and I look forward the reading the full report — The argument that more full-time faculty, better paid full-time faculty and better pay and working conditions for adjunct faculty might be better for students and their experience is worth taking seriously. Only a unionized faculty can take us in this direction.
In this age of faculty shrinkage and shrinking benefits, we can’t just aspire to be excellent like Berkeley and Michigan, which are suffering their own devastating cuts. We should be talking about the whole picture of public higher education in the US.
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