(Gregorek 2010) Towards an autonomous Antioch College


Gregorek, Jean. Towards an autonomous Antioch College: the story of the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom. 2010; 1. Available from: http://www.academicfreedomjournal.org/VolumeOne/Gregorek.pdf. Accessed 2011 Dec 30. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/64KujiDUk.

Gregorek recounts the operation of Antioch College in exile after it was closed by its board of trustees. Originally a standalone institution, Antioch College had become the flagship of a geographically dispersed Antioch University system, which was taken over by a neoliberal administration and board of trustees. There followed a growth of highly paid, top-heavy administration, opaque top-down governance, heavy spending on construction, undermining of tenure and other aspects of academic freedom, and increased reliance on distance learning and economy measures in instruction. In 2008, the central administration of Antioch University closed Antioch College because of resistance to these neoliberal measures on the part of its faculty, students, and local college administration. With the cooperation of the local community, Antioch faculty operated the college in exile from its campus while wealthy alumni arranged for the purchase and reopening of the Antioch College campus independently from Antioch University.

 

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