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Governance Reconsidered: How Boards, Presidents, Administrators, and Faculty Can Help Their Colleges Thrive by Stephen Trachtenberg, Susan R. Pierce

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Chapter 3The Impact on Governance of Contingent Faculty, Online Learning, and MOOCs

Changes in how higher education is being “delivered” have had unanticipated but significant consequences both for shared governance on college campuses and also for the quality of the academic programs. Specifically, these changes include the following:

  • The growing reliance, for financial not academic reasons, at both public and private campuses, on contingent faculty—that is, faculty members who are not tenured or on tenure-track or who are graduate students—with the result that 75 percent of instructional faculty members are contingent faculty, the vast majority of whom are part-time.
  • The increasing number of online courses that are taught not by regular ...

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