Friday, February 25, 2011

Lowering Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed has published an interview with James E. Côté and Anton L. Allahar, authors of the new book Lowering Higher Education: The Rise of Corporate Universities and the Fall of Liberal Education (University of Toronto Press). Among other things they discuss the expanding links between corporations and institutions of higher ed, the transformation of universities into corporate-like institutions, the vocationalization of higher education, the consumer model of education, and restoring liberal education. Some of the comments are interesting, in particular those that note the complicity of professors in the corporatization of higher education and the expressed desire of many corporations for graduates who can write and think (i.e. many corporations don't want worker bees with just vocational credentials).

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