Archive for marketisation

Niches or clones

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 14 October 2010 by Steve

“… Even more bizarre was the shock expressed by some market advocates when they discovered that, with a customer base consisting of 18-year olds who understood their own preferences, and parents who mostly knew very little), the market produced very little demand for anything that was hard and didn’t purport to offer training for a well-paid job …” (more)

[John Quiggin, Crooked Timber, 14 October]

Stumbling and Mumbling: The pretence of knowledge

Posted in research with tags on 11 September 2010 by Steve

“Chris Dillow makes a very important set of points regarding scientific research in the post reproduced below. We occasionally hear similar gibberish here, as in the phrase ‘research to retail’, which apart from the shared consonants is devoid of meaning but has the happy property of short-circuiting your synapses …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 11 September]

Universities threatened by market-based funding, warn international experts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Universities are being subjected to the same market-based, profit-driven policies that caused the crisis in the financial markets and face an increasing risk of a crisis in academic standards and credibility, David Robinson, Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), stated at the IFUT seminar in Dublin. Mr Robinson warned that the drift in western countries towards commercialised universities and dubious quality providers must be resisted if universities are to preserve their function as reservoirs of research and innovation ….” (more)

[IFUT blog, 31 October]

La ronde / The round

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 14 April 2009 by Steve

France“This beautiful square, right in the heart of Paris, opposite the city town hall, has been chosen by protesters (both students and professors) to stage a ‘ronde des obstines’, loosely translated as the hard-headed round. Since March 23, they protest against the university reform wanted by the Sarkozy government.” (picture)

[Whisperpress, 14 April]

DIUS promises to ditch the jargon but defends its use of ‘customer’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 April 2009 by Steve

UK“The Government’s universities department has promised to cut down on its use of jargon after being criticised for its ‘impenetrable’ language by a cross-party committee of MPs – but it has refused to stop describing students and others who use its services as ‘customers’. In January, a select committee accused the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills of producing badly written documents that were hard to understand. Last week, the department said it had ‘taken on board’ the comments of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee (IUSS). It said it intended to produce ‘more concise and more accessible’ work in future, ‘written in plain English’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 9 April]

Academic and student anger grows

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 22 March 2009 by Steve

France“The nation’s universities continued to be disrupted by strikes and protests against proposed teacher training reforms last week, while university presidents called for a year’s delay in introducing the changes to allow time for reflection and consultation. Lecturers, researchers and students turned out in force on Thursday, joining schoolteachers and other workers from the public and private sectors, in a day’s general strike in which up to a million and a half demonstrators marched in Paris and other towns nationwide against the government’s handling of the economy. Lecturers voted in January for a ‘total and unlimited’ strike with effect from 2 February. Since then the movement has grown, with universities closed or blocked, while academics stage protest actions such as workshops and lectures in public places, or refuse to carry out administrative duties …” (more)

[Jane Marshall, University World News, 22 March]

Student protests across Europe

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , , , on 21 March 2009 by Steve

EU“As neo-liberal education reforms are planned across Europe, students in the continent have been taking to the streets leading to battles with riot police in several cities. On Wednesday morning, the day before the general strike over one million workers, students clashed with riot police in Paris after a demonstration over the university reforms. Universities across France have been barricaded and picketed for almost two months in a standoff over these higher education reforms. The satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaîné yesterday reported that Sarkozy wanted student protests calmed by May, fearing echoes of the student-led protests of May 1968. Seven people were arrested and 80 injured in clashes in Barcelona between police and university students on Wednesday. The clashes occurred during two city-centre protests in the northeastern Spanish city after police forced students out of a university office they had occupied since November …” (more)

[Infoshop News, 20 March]