jamesrovira at gmail.com
Tue Sep 6 09:54:00 EDT 2016
That was great, Evan, thank you. It works the same way over here: there isn't a single instance of a university becoming better at what it does by being corporatized.
It's all about reducing public spending in sectors that don't feed directly into corporations: education is bad in this model, at least until it becomes corporate and for-profit and all instructors work piecework so that owners can reap the benefits. In the meantime, our massively bloated and wasteful defense spending keeps increasing, supported by foreign policy commitments that guarantee endless war.
> On Sep 6, 2016, at 1:26 AM, Evan LaBuzetta <evanlabuzetta at gmail.com> wrote:
> Responding especially to Jim's point:
> I'm admittedly an outside observer of these trends, but when the corporatization of higher education is mentioned, I think of an article by Stefan Collini (LRB, 24 Oct 2013), in which he concludes:
> Future historians, pondering changes in British society from the 1980s onwards, will struggle to account for the following curious fact. Although British business enterprises have an extremely mixed record (frequently posting gigantic losses, mostly failing to match overseas competitors, scarcely benefiting the weaker groups in society), and although such arm’s length public institutions as museums and galleries, the BBC and the universities have by and large a very good record (universally acknowledged creativity, streets ahead of most of their international peers, positive forces for human development and social cohesion), nonetheless over the past three decades politicians have repeatedly attempted to force the second set of institutions to change so that they more closely resemble the first.
> Although the political and corporate mechanisms are somewhat different, it certainly seems like the same general impulse is present in US higher ed as well.
> Sent from my mobile device. Please excuse any typos or infelicitous phrasings.
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