No development since the Morrill Act is likely to produce more dramatic changes in higher education than the current trend towards collective bargaining in the professoriat. In 1966 only eleven institutions beyond the secondary level operated under faculty master contracts; by mid-1975 some 30 colleges and universities found themselves in this situation. Nor is the trend restricted to any one type of institution - only the elite private universities have, thus far, remained largely exempt. State and city systems (SUNY, CUNY, the New Jersey State Colleges), large public universities (Rutgers, Wayne State University), medium-size universities (Oakland University, Central Michigan University), private colleges (Bard College, Ashland College), plus a plethora of community colleges are bargaining collectively with their faculties. This trend, as will be seen, places faculties in something of a dilemma. What is more, the issues are sufficiently complex to make simplistic analyses extremely hazardous. To obtain some grasp of the matter, this paper will deal with major causal forces behind the movement, suggest some likely consequences, and pose the questions in light of their anticipated impact on higher education.
"Towards a Unionized Professoriat: The Dilemma of the Profession,"
Education and Culture:
2, Article 2.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/eandc/vol02/iss2/art2