Trouble in the University

How the Education of Health Care Professionals Became Corrupted

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In Trouble in the University, Mildred A. Schwartz analyzes how changes in U.S. higher education affecting the health care professions and in the relations between universities and the state have created conditions that can give rise to corruption. Explanations for how the connections between changing conditions and organizational structures can lead to illegal and unethical behavior are uncovered through the study of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Because that University's experiences were not unique, they can be used to demonstrate how higher education has become vulnerable to corruption. Identification of the structural and cultural sources of corruption also suggests possible ways it could be avoided.
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Biographical Note

Mildred A. Schwartz, Ph.D. (1965), Columbia University, is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Visiting Scholar at New York University, and 2012-13 network fellow at the Edward J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. A political sociologist, she has moved from her past work on political organizations to her current interest in the organization of higher education in the health fields and its tendencies to corruption.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments

1. The Corruption of Higher Education
Encountering Corruption
Justifying a Label
Existing Explanations of Corruption
Outline of the Book

2. Sickness in the Midst of Health
The Origins of UMDNJ
UMDNJ Corrupted
An Unhealthy Example

3. Educational Conditions and Environments
Higher Education
Medical Education
The Role of the State
Anticipated Impact
Explaining Organizational Corruption

4. UMDNJ’s Core Organization
Core Actors
Relations within the Core
Vulnerability within the Core

5. UMDNJ’s Network Organization
The Network Defined
New Jersey Government
State Oversight Agencies
Status-Conferring Agents
Community-Based Actors
Vulnerability in the Network
Organizational Vulnerability

6. Reorganization and Breakup
McGreevey’s Plan
Christie’s Plan
Death and Afterlife

7. How the Education of Health Care Professionals Became Corrupted
Explaining How UMDNJ Became a ‘School for Scandal’
UMDNJ as an Exemplar of Global Corruption
Assigning Blame
Lessons from UMDNJ

References
Index

Readership

Those interested in higher education, health care education, organizations and their dysfunctions, public administration, public policy, political and systemic corruption. Anyone concerned with New Jersey politics.