Research up, teaching down?

The „publish-or-perish“ pressure on professors to produce works of scholarship may be undermining education, warns the American Enterprise Institute. Scholarly publishing is growing (despite unimpressive sales trends at academic presses), while undergraduate performance is declining.

According to AEI’s report „Professors on the Production Line, Students On Their Own“ by Mark Bauerlein of Emory University, tenure review requires that professors bulk up their CVs with publishing credentials but makes no demands on class time. As young scholars consider academic careers, their eyes turn toward research rather than teaching.

The report, which focuses on trends in literature and the humanities, recommends that donors and foundations earmark more of their funds for undergraduate teaching activities rather than research, and that universities make hiring decisions based on teaching proficiency rather than research expertise.