“Mr. Professor”: the degradation of the role and status of a teacher in an entrepreneurial university
The pertinence of the study stems primarily from the role and place of the faculty in the structure of the university. We assume that as a result of the growing strength of the trend towards the commercialization of higher education, the role and status of the faculty or professorial community in a modern university is inevitable. The analysis demonstrates that the status of a research or entrepreneurial university leads, on the one hand, to increased funding and a qualitative breakthrough in the development of the university, on the other hand, to decline in standards in the field of university democracy and a decrease in the influence of the faculty. Such trends cause concern in the teaching environment, and their aggravation leads, ultimately, to a decline in the quality of education. It is concluded that the maximum diversification of the sources of development (primarily financing) of universities could become a means of smoothing over such contradictions. This may include funds of associations of graduates or large companies interested in long-term cooperation with the university. A noticeable increase in this kind of income will inevitably lead to an increase in the influence of the same board of trustees as parallel bodies, if not the routine (operational) management of the university, but the definition of strategic goals and sources of its development, which, with impressive amounts of parallel financing (obviously, this is about state universities), may receive an equal standing with both university and state bureaucracy.
Information for citation: Ablazhey, A. M. (2020), ““Mr. Professor”: the degradation of the role and status of a teacher in an entrepreneurial university”, Research Result. Sociology and management, 6 (1), 29-40. DOI: 10.18413/2408-9338-2020-6-1-0-3