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Academic career structures: bad ideas

Altbach, Philip G; Musselin, Christine

Successful universities and academic systems require career structures for the academic profession that permit a stable academic career, encourage the “best and brightest” to join the profession, reward the most productive for their work, and weed out those who are unsuited for academic work. We have been struck by the dysfunctional nature of career structures in many countries—with disturbing negative trends—and would, only with a small sense of irony, suggest a ranking for career structures that guarantee to fail to build a productive academic profession. Our serious point is this: without a career structure that attracts quality, rewards productivity, and permits stability, universities will fail in their mission of high-quality teaching, innovative research, and building a “world-class” reputation.

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Document Title: Academic career structures: bad ideas
Journal: International Higher Educatiion
Volume: 53
Issue: Fall

Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Keywords:Academia, Administrative Staff, Academics, Academic Staff, Career, Career Choice, Career Change

File Size:48 KB
Date Added:28 September 2011

Academic career structures: bad ideas