Topic: Corporatization and commercialization

Neoliberalism and postsecondary education: A view from the colleges

By Kevin MacKay

Colleges are struggling with the same trends that threaten universities. By working together, college and university faculty can push back.

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Not Another Brick in the Wall: Capitalism and Student Protests in Chile

By Andrés Bernasconi

A few days ago, I visited a high school in a poor urban area in Western Santiago and met with the junior […]

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Coursera, or Socrates was not a Content Provider: The University of Toronto and Coursera Agreement

By Craig Butosi

The Globe and Mail reported recently that the University of Toronto was the latest signatory to an agreement with Coursera, a Web-based […]

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Copyright discourse in the academy: Values, policies, and technology

By Tony Horava

The university needs to appreciate better the intertwined relationship between values, policies, and technologies with respect to copyright issues.

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Intellectuals and Democracy

By Mark Kingwell

What’s an education for? Philosopher Mark Kingwell analyzes our era’s market-utility responses to this question. He argues, however, that education is about making us better and more engaged citizens, perhaps even better people.

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The Last Professors: A eulogy to “the Last Good Job in America”

By Emily Gregor Greenleaf

Frank Donoghue: The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities (Fordham University Press, 2008)

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The pathway college concept

By Nick Falvo

One more step towards corporatizing our universities

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Higher Education or Education for Hire? Corporatization and the Threat to Democratic Thinking

By Joel Westheimer

Teaching critical thinking is the university’s democratic mission, argues the University of Ottawa’s Joel Westheimer, and today’s universities are failing to deliver. Universities need to reverse the trend that has them focusing on workforce preparation and the commercialization of knowledge and resurrect higher education’s public purpose.

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Class Warriors

By William Ayers

Professor William Ayers, banned last year from speaking at the University of Nebraska, argues that the current trend towards “academic capitalism” gives faculty the moment to speak up – and act up.

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The Academic P3 and the University as Virtual Enterprise

By Marc Ouellette

In business, writes McMaster University’s Marc Ouellette, the virtual enterprise reduces competition while increasing standardization, an outcome antithetical to academic excellence. But the model is upon us, and that has implications for faculty.

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