Here is another post about some personal experiences that I think illustrate changes in higher education:
I recently attended a campus faculty development workshop. The topic? Community engagement. Present were four faculty members, one of whom led the workshop, the provost, an assistant provost, three directors, an assistant director, and two librarians. Given the people in the room, it was clear to me that the university’s administration has identified the expansion of community engagement as a strategic priority and various offices are now trying to coordinate to make it happen. Faculty are largely absent from the conversation because they either aren’t aware of it or choose not to contribute to it.
Many academics complain about the rise of administratively-run colleges and universities and the decline of faculty governance. These complaints assume that faculty are willing and able to govern effectively in matters deemed vital to institutional success.