Are Students & Professors At Cross Purposes

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

A new survey suggests they are.

As relayed by Martin Kich on the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), most professors (60%) think insufficient funding is the overriding issue affecting their university and graduate job readiness the least pressing (18%). In between those two question, the professors rank their concerns thus:

~Academic standards–41%

~Decreased enrollment–35%

~Student retention–32%

~Staff retraining/retention–31%


The order is interesting. Since about a third view the mass exodus of students from universities as concerning, the poll results suggest that professors don’t make a direct connection between the success of students and their own livlihood.