Faculty Self-Government: The Triumph of the Academic Mystique

Dr. Lieberman looks beyond the veneer of acadame at a system of campus goverance which he finds "even more inimical to the public interest than public sector bargaining." Whereas critics of teacher unions operating on the elementary and secondary levels charge that such organizations contradict the notions of objectivity and impartiality, few carry the perception to the manicured quads of higher education where educational policies and departmental personnel decisions are relinquished to professors who are not held strictly accountable for their performances.
Besides discussing the rationale and shortcomings of faculty self-government, Dr. Lieberman offers insights as to why professors, and often their unions, at public universities obstruct rather than advance the cause of educational reform. He highlights the absurdities associated with the notion of "peer review" and concludes with a look at the tyrannical elements inherent to a system of goverance in which its leaders can only attain the pinnacle of their mangerial careers if they are "consensus ratifiers, not leaders."