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How Professors Play the Cat Guarding the Cream Why We're Paying More and Getting Less in Higher Education
978-0-913969-62-5 • Paperback
November 1993 • $24.00 • (£14.95)
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Pages: 208
Size: 6 x 9
By Richard M. Huber
 
Education | Finance
Univ Publ Assn
This book is a "must read" for every parent who has ever signed a check for tuition, every student who has ever wondered where all the distinguished professors are hiding, and everyone else who has ever questioned what faculty do with themselves all day.
In this lucid and engaging account, Richard Huber identifies faculty productivity as the major reason why college tuition at America's most prestigious institutions rose at more than twice the rate of inflation throughout the 1980s. He argues that at the heart of the productivity issue lies an organization with two competing aims: research and teaching. The resulting organizational culture majors in genteel delusion.
Huber raises taboo subjects such as increased and differential faculty teaching loads, putting himself at the forefront of the new movement for increased accountability in our colleges. And he does so with humor, grace and empathy as one who has been inside the university. This is controversy with an impish grin!
Richard M. Huber has an undergraduate degree from Princeton, a doctorate from Yale and for more than a decade was a Senior Administrator at the City University of New York.
A provocative, insightful and, at times, outrageous book....Huber's analysis...contributes to...understanding the cost crisis in higher education.
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; Insight


Writing with grace and good humor, Huber (a former administrator at Hunter College) begins, as good educators often do, by posing the right questions. A witty and erudite read...that measures sacrosanct academia against the decade's new high standardsof quality and productivity.
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; Kirkus Reviews


Mr. Huber has written a delightfully wry, clear headed critique of the values of academics.
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; The Washington Times


His lucid treatment is of interest for any reader who is befuddled by the curious and disturbing state of affairs at many U.S. universities.
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; Small Press Book Review


Huber's book...conveys a strong message: Universities are not working well, and reform is long overdue. Who is listening?>
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; Minneapolis Star Tribune


... an invaluable primer for anyone interested in understanding the peculiar culture of the university.
Insight


A provocative, insightful and, at times, outrageous book....Huber's analysis...contributes to...understanding the cost crisis in higher education.
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; Insight


Writing with grace and good humor, Huber (a former administrator at Hunter College) begins, as good educators often do, by posing the right questions. A witty and erudite read...that measures sacrosanct academia against the decade's new high standards of quality and productivity.
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; Kirkus Reviews


Mr. Huber has written a delightfully wry, clear headed critique of the values of academics.
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; The Washington Times


His lucid treatment is of interest for any reader who is befuddled by the curious and disturbing state of affairs at many U.S. universities.
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; Small Press Book Review


Huber's book...conveys a strong message: Universities are not working well, and reform is long overdue. Who is listening?
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; Minneapolis Star Tribune


...eminently sensible.
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr., President, Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; Cross Currents


 
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