2/23/2012: I’ve had requests for Michael Raymer’s slides from the union forum. He sent them along, 4 pages, here, with this explanation:
My Conclusions from the Data:
There is an undeniable inverse correlation between tenure-track faculty (TTF) unionization and average school quality. (Presence of union correlates to lower ranking.)
Of course, causality is not indicated. Does low quality lead to unions, or do unions lead to low quality, or neither?
The question we should ask ourselves:
If UO wants to strive to increase its quality, should it associate itself with the top schools, the vast majority of which are not TTF unionized? Or with the lower-tier schools, where nearly all of the unions exist?
I’m happy to post more figures/links/data if people send them to me. Slide 1: