Archive for corporatisation

The GESO Report on the Corporate University

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 February 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]


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

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 May 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]

Autonomy paradox traps the academy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“Universities’ efforts to strengthen their autonomy by reducing their reliance on state funding could be having the opposite effect. A new analysis argues that while universities have significantly reduced their dependence on government grants, alternative sources of income from students and businesses come with ‘strings attached’ …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 26 November]

Universities: the industry dimension

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Some time ago I came across a website (I no longer recall the details) which was running what I thought was a particularly silly survey: it was asking its readers to ‘vote’ in an online poll whether universities should be more like corporations. It was silly in the sense that at that level of generality the question was completely meaningless: more like corporations in what sense? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 November]

Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 October 2009 by Steve

USA“In most debates over its future, the university is represented—by both its critics and its champions—as a secular temple for learning, a sacred space freed from the more mundane concerns that trouble other institutions. But lately this lofty image looks increasingly tarnished, especially with regard to public research universities. There, a new class of administrative professionals has been busy working to make colleges as much like businesses as possible. In this eye-opening exposé of the modern university, Gaye Tuchman paints a candid portrait of these wannabe corporate managers and the new regime of revenue streams, mission statements, and five-year plans they’ve ushered in …” (more)

[University of Chicago Press, October]