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Abstract

At campuses across the country jackbooted university managers

have trod all over faculty rights for a decade. Shared governance is at best the object of administrative contempt.

Faculty control over the curriculum is whittled away by online degrees designed by bureaucrats. Academic freedom

is simultaneously compromised by policies for e-mail use and campus servers and threatened by continuous rightwing

assaults from outside the university. Independent faculty research in science, engineering, and agriculture is

increasingly undermined by reliance on product-oriented commercial support. Tolerance for "unprofitable"

humanities and social science research is on the wane. And the burgeoning class of contingent faculty without health

care, retirement plans, due process, job security, or true academic freedom makes college teaching a new form of

wage slavery.

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