While many books have criticized higher education for an apparent bias towards leftist agendas, John R. Campbell takes a different approach. Through the compilation of 65 vignettes that peek behind the boardroom door, the author focuses on the bureaucratic and organizational stagnation that has led to "dry rot" in the ivory towers of academia. Dry Rot in the Ivory Tower presents substantive evidence of the problems that exist in universities today, and provides the author's prognosis for change. He addresses nepotism, ineffective faculty, lack of effective leadership, and other serious problems at our institutions of higher education.
John R. Campbell is President Emeritus of Oklahoma State University and former Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Illinois.
Chapter 1 Foreword by Judith E.N. Albino Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Prologue Chapter 4 On Dry Rot and Ivory Towers Chapter 5 Governing Boards that Do Not Govern Chapter 6 Academic Leaders Who Do Not Lead Chapter 7 Professors Who Do Not Publish and Do Not Perish Chapter 8 Professors Who Teach... But Not Much Chapter 9 Institutional Culture: Cronyism, Nepotism, Featherbeds Chapter 10 Institutional Culture: Fraud, Deceit, Conspiracy Chapter 11 Athletics: Business as Usual Chapter 12 Students: Uh-h-h... Oh Yeah! Chapter 13 Combating Dry Rot in the Ivory Tower: Fumigation, Ventilation and Renewal of the Academic Sanctuary