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Steal This University: The Rise of the Corporate University by B. Johnson

By B. Johnson

Scouse borrow This collage explores the ambiguity of educational exertions. Universities don't exist to generate a benefit from capital funding, but modern universities are more and more utilizing organizations as their version for inner association. whereas the media, politicians, company leaders and most of the people all appear to percentage a extraordinary consensus that better schooling is imperative to the way forward for international locations and contributors alike, inside academia sour conflicts brew over the form of tomorrow's universities. individuals to the amount variety from the big name educational to the disgruntled adjunct and every carry a different viewpoint to the dialogue at the academy's over-reliance on adjuncts and instructing assistants, the controversy over tenure and to the valiant efforts to prepare unions and win rights.

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Schools could compete with the practical advantages of for-profits: year-round campuses, schedules convenient to nontraditional students (who are, statistically speaking, actually very traditional). There are ways to moderately accelerate programs without losing their spirit. More radically, faculty at traditional schools could make a preemptive strike at tenure. Already decreasing at an alarming rate, the number of tenured positions is heading toward zero—not because tenure as an institution is being abolished, but because it’s eroding.

Laboratory knowledge now became patents, that is, intellectual capital and intellectual property. As patent-holding companies, the universities set about at once to codify their intellectual property policies, develop the infrastructure for the conduct of commercially viable research, cultivate their corporate ties, and create the mechanisms for marketing their new commodity, exclusive licenses to their patents. The result of this first phase of university commoditization was a wholesale reallocation of university resources toward its research function at the expense of its education function.

Considering these rather problematic possibilities, it’s unlikely that nonprofits will take the exact same steps as for-profits, but it’s worth exploring what might happen if they did. Could a nonprofit become as cost-effective as the University of Phoenix, wiping out residential features, libraries, and such? It seems impossible at a large state school, but what about a small private commuter college? Or a community college? These two types of institutions are Phoenix’s real competitors and are schools that stand to lose the most students when Phoenix or a company like it moves into town.

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