Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Corporatizing Education

Nicholas Johnson has a must read post about the corporatizing of education...

...it will be a shame if this is perceived as merely the "Wellmark-UI College of Public Health Naming Issue" when it is so much bigger and can more usefully be addressed in the larger context of the corporatization of higher education generally, and at the UI in particular. Whatever President Mason's focus turns out to be, it won't be long before we'll get a sense from her statements and decisions as to just how much further the "University of Iowa, Inc." is going to slide into the for-profit sector during her tenure.
As Iowa's Universities have been starved of funding since 1998, they have had to reach out for funding elsewhere by raising tution and looking for corporate funding. This decision will have long reaching effects throughout the state.

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