How The American University was Killed

By Michael Edmonds 19/08/2012 2

Over at The Homeless Adjunct there is an interesting article called “How the American University was Killed, in Five Easy Steps“. It is an interesting article, which posits that American Universities are going into decline, largely as the result of American corporatism which has promoted:

1) Defunding of Public Higher Education

2) Deprofessionalisation and impoverishment of the professors

3) Increased governance of universities by a management/administrative class

4) Increased corporate funding and a corporate culture moving into universities

5) Destroying the students  – achieved by dumbing down of content plus increasing costs of courses results in only the rich elite being able to afford higher education, with others going into massive debt to obtain qualifications.

It is an interesting article, and although it has overtones of conspiracy theory which makes me a little wary, it is interesting to ponder the points made, as New Zealand universities are have undergone similar changes, but more slowly than universities in the USA.

2 Responses to “How The American University was Killed”

  • It’s the dumbing down that’s the worst part, IMHO. A university is for higher learning, and the “everyone should be able to go” philosophy destroys that, by trying to work to the lowest common denominator. University is a privilege, not a right. (A privilege for those that are intelligent enough, of course; not rich idiots…)
    Although putting bureaucrats in charge is also a recipe for disaster.

  • Shadowmind,
    Is there really a dumbing down at universities? Universities still fail quite a few students, particularly in their first year. As someone who works for a polytechnic, I certainly think that the universities do dominate the tertiary landscape and there a students going to university who would be better off at the polytechnics.
    As someone who has moved into management, I think it is a good option for those who are trained in science, who can at least champion science and academic rigour in management decisions.