The Crisis of the American Academic Workforce

  • Philip Altbach
  • Martin Finkelstein
Keywords: Academic Profession, North America, United States of America


Key to an improvement in so labor intensive an industry as higher education is its workforce: the professoriate. The American academic profession is, however, widely acknowledged to be in criticaland deterioratingcondition: demographic aging, remuneration, the high dropout rates in doctoral programs, lengthening time-to-degree, an increase of non-tenure track appointment. This change is having a profound, and largely unscrutinized, impact on American higher education.
How to Cite
Altbach, P., & Finkelstein, M. (2008). The Crisis of the American Academic Workforce. International Higher Education, (52).
The Academic Profession