Faculty Work: Tensions between Educational and Economic Values
Abstract

Faculty are the critical labor element in the pursuit of the economic goals of the community colleges, yet they are not central to institutional decision-making. Their views and values are not consistent with the goals and actions of their colleges. Instead, these goals and actions are aligned with business and industry, directed by government and college administrators. Although there is a misalignment of faculty values and institutional actions, faculty do not comprise an oppositional culture within their colleges. This multisite qualitative study addresses the presence of tensions between educational values of faculty and the economic values of faculty work.