SocraticGadfly: The hypercapitalism of higher education

January 18, 2011

The hypercapitalism of higher education

Just how bad is it getting? Well, 19 of 40 top U.S. research institution university presidents serve on at least one corporate board. The use of "adjunct" faculty is increasing.

And, there's plenty more where that came from.

As the Truthout story notes, these changes will also keep diminishing American universities as a fount of cultural leaven.

And, as more businesses expect more employees to engage in more career learning, corporate America will have more leverage on accelerating these trends. Plus, CEO-type university presidents will be all-too-willing to help.

Then, as the university-as-business model expands, what comes next? Further cuts in state aid to state institutions.

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