FW: 5/24/2004 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education
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for Monday, May 24.
* THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA took control of Compton Community
College on Friday after officials concluded that district
administrators were not capable of resolving the
institution's longstanding fiscal problems.
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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the current issue of
"The Journal of Higher Education":
Cultural sources of resistance to graduate-student unions
The movement to unionize graduate-student labor is growing, but
it faces significant barriers that are part of the culture of
academe, according to a team of researchers led by Jenny J. Lee,
an assistant professor at the Center for the Study of Higher
Education at the University of Arizona.
Administrators tend to use the term "we" when discussing the
institution, indicating that they consider themselves in some
sense to be the university, which may contribute to their
resistance to an organization that would exert influence on the
institution, the authors argue.
Faculty members, who value their freedom to structure their
work, may resist unionization and change in general "simply out
of fear of disruption," the researchers say.
Some of the largest obstacles to graduate student unionization,
though, come from the graduate-student culture itself. Many
students choose not to participate in the union movement because
they think of their teaching-assistant work as part of their
education and they know they will soon move on. "An underlying
assumption linked to their temporary organizational status is a
sense that being overworked and underpaid is to be expected,"
the authors write.
The article, "Tangles in the Tapestry: Cultural Barriers to
Graduate Student Unionization," is not online. Information about
the journal is available at
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