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Dynamics of the Contemporary UniversityGrowth, Accretion, and Conflict$
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Neil J. Smelser

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275812

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275812.001.0001

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The Dynamics Ramify

The Dynamics Ramify

Academic Politics, Conflict, and Inequality

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(p.40) Two The Dynamics Ramify
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Dynamics of the Contemporary University
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Neil J. Smelser

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275812.003.0002

In this chapter further consequences of the accretion complex are analyzed. The first of these are the inertial difficultiesin responding to environmental instabilities (in population changes, economic fluctuations, and others) facing institutions of higher education.The second are the increasing costs facing these institutions.Turning to a more political line of analysis, the author identifies the multiplication of political constituencies involved in the accretion process, and the implications of this growth for administrative style, governance, and faculty participation in “shared governance.”Finally, the author turns to the implications of structural accretion for competition and stratification among educational institutions, as well as the changing prestige among disciplines as occasioned by changing research and vocational emphases.

Keywords:   academic instabilities, academic costs, management, governance, academic conflict, academic stratification, prestige, multicampus systems

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