Education as a public good?

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A major private corporation (Grant Thornton) tells us that equity firms should be getting into the business of education given that ‘the higher education sector is considered to have all the trademarks for further private equity interest and investment’. So education is simply an area for investment and private profit making …” (more)

[Ronnie Munck, Education Is …, 23 September]


How Corporate IT Enslaved Academe

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2014 by steve

“Colleges have been rapidly corporatizing. That’s old news. But too rarely considered is the machinery that has inspired, enabled, and accelerated that corporatization. Enterprise systems, business-process re-engineering, balanced scorecard, computer business systems …” (more)

[Simon Head, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 June]

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What happens when universities treat students as customers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2014 by steve

Time has a revealing opinion piece on how universities develop when they try to emulate big business and join the rankings arms race …” (more)

[DCU union, 29 May]

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Neo-liberalism and Its Discontents

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2014 by steve

“… The dependence of universities on corporate patronage means education has become more about product development and marketable skills than independent research or critical reflection. The humanities are being downgraded and history removed as a core subject, inducing a cultural amnesia that leaves our young people more susceptible to manipulation and demagoguery …” (more)

[Maeve Halpin, Irish Times, 19 April]

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The business of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2014 by steve

“Fees or no fees, industry wants a financial stake in higher education. What does it mean for the sector as more money comes with corporate strings attached? …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 25 February]

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End the blame game: targeting managers won’t cure universities’ ills

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2014 by steve

“‘A misery narrative’. That’s how I heard the prevailing academic discourse on the current state of higher education described recently, as exemplified by an Anonymous Academic in a recent article bemoaning the sacrifice of academic ideals on the altar of corporatisation …” (more)

[Sue Shepherd, Guardian Professional, 14 February]

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Exposing a Corporate Trend in Higher Education in Germany

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2014 by steve

Germany“Christian Humborg wants German universities and corporations to know: They’re being watched. As managing director of Transparency International Germany, a nongovernmental organization that fights corruption, Mr. Humborg sees a troubling trend in German higher education …” (more)

[HT: Brendan Guilfoyle]
[Paul Hockenos, New York Times, 9 February]

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Academic ideals are being crushed to suit private-sector style management

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2014 by steve

“If universities continue to heed the call of corporatisation, the role of the academic – as we know it – will become extinct …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 2 February]


Mary Gallagher on RTÉ’s Dialogue

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2013 by steve

“Mary Gallagher, author of Academic Armageddon – An Irish Requiem for Higher Education, who spoke recently at DCU as part of the Defend the University campaign, talks to RTÉ’s Andy O’Mahony …” (more, audio)

[DCU union, 13 December]

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Formal launch of Defend the University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“The joint SIPTU and IFUT charter for action against the corporatization of Irish universities was formally launched yesterday (November 25th) …” (more)

[DCU union, 26 November]

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The rhetoric which surrounds MOOCs can distract us from the broader project of ‘unbundling’ the University in pursuit of profit

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2013 by steve

“Together with Universities UK and IPPR, Pearson Education have launched what David Kernohan calls an ‘advertorial’ for for-profit higher education. The ‘report’, An Avalanche is Coming, is written by Sir Michael Barber, Katelyn Donnelly and Saad Rizvi all part of Pearson Education …” (more)

[John Holmwood, British Politics and Policy, 20 March]

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Bemoaning the Corporatization of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“… Although answers relating to the increased influence of business in higher ed and the ‘corporatization’ of the university came in fourth place in terms of number of mentions (close to a three-way tie for second, though), it would have come in first place had we measured responses by the heat or passion of the response …” (more)

[Dayna Catropa and Margaret Andrews, Inside Higher Ed, 9 February]

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Higher education is a funny old game

Posted in Life on January 21st, 2013 by steve

“Universities and football teams have much in common, says Nick Petford – should fans in both arenas now accept that their beautiful games are first and foremost businesses? …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 21 January]

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Some themes and some music

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2012 by steve

“This year I have written increasingly about the following issues. 1. The mechanisms through which higher education as a previously socialised or social good has been marketised, in order that value can be extracted from it …” (more)

[Richard Hall’s Space, 21 December]


Mary Gallagher, Academic Armageddon: An Irish Requiem for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2012 by steve

“Across the English-speaking world a storm of words has been written about the apparently terminal decline in academic values and standards in today’s colleges and universities. Many observers argue that the intrinsic worth of higher education is being subordinated to a destructively exclusive focus on business objectives and the needs of the free market economy. This is happening across the globe and it appears to be an irreversible trend. This provocative and timely book has two aims. The first is to report on the worldwide coverage of the collapse of academic values in higher education, and to explain why that collapse is a social and cultural catastrophe, not just in the USA and the UK, but also in Australia, Germany, France and elsewhere. The second is to show the relevance of this reality within the Irish context. Bearing witness to her direct experience of the corporate university as it currently operates in Ireland, the author suggests that it may be too late to prevent a similar level of academic bankruptcy …” (more)

[Amazon, November]

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The profit motive is threatening higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2012 by steve

“… The profitability of higher education partnerships for companies like Pearson Education highlights how educational technology is developed as a way in, both to the extraction of value from universities, and to the recalibration of the purpose of universities to catalyse such extraction further …” (more)

[Richard Hall, University World News, 18 November]

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Top university accused of selling out

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2011 by steve

“Corporate sponsorship is part of life for universities in the UK and US, which regularly raise hundreds of millions of pounds from donors. As Chinese universities race to transform themselves into world-class institutions, they are increasingly looking outwards for funding. But Tsinghua University’s decision to rename its No 4 Teaching Building, in large gold letters, as the Jeanswest Building seems to have crossed a line …” (more)

[Malcolm Moore, University World News, 5 June]

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The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2011 by steve

“… In The Last Professors, Frank Donoghue, associate professor of English at Ohio State University, believes ‘that if we set aside the rhetoric of crisis and first look back at our situation as it existed a century ago and then forward from the present as far we can see, our problems take on a wholly new complexion’ (p. xiii). He does not dispute the depiction of the crisis camp but rather observes that ‘it has been like this for a very long time’ (p. 1). The ‘this’ is the antagonism between the corporate sector in the United States and universities …” (more)

[Current Intelligence, 22 May]

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The GESO Report on the Corporate University

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2011 by steve

“Congrats to the our brothers and sisters at GESO, the Yale graduate student union, who have put together an eye-opening new report on the corporatization of their university. It pinpoints a number of places where the logic and economic demands of a corporate structure has invaded the university setting …” (more)

[PhD Octopus, 10 February]

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‘The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom and the End of the American University’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2010 by steve

“Ellen Schrecker, a history professor at New York City’s Yeshiva University, starts The Lost Soul of Higher Education with a blunt assessment: ‘In reacting to the economic insecurities of the past forty years, the nation’s colleges and universities have adopted corporate practices that degrade undergraduate instruction, marginalize faculty members, and threaten the very mission of the academy as an institution devoted to the common good’ …” (more)

[Eleanor J Bader, truthout, 28 May]