The Knowledge Economy Academic and the Commodification of Higher Education (Giberson, Giberson)
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Title: The Knowledge Economy Academic and the Commodification of Higher Education
Editor(s): Tom Giberson and Greg Giberson, Oakland University
Publish Date: August 2009
|This collection of essays provides a timely analysis of the current state and potential future of higher education and its subsequent impact on society. The multinational and multidisciplinary contributors analyze the variety of professional, intellectual, social and political factors that govern our individual and collective behavior, and how these forces undermine society’s traditional goals for higher education: critical and intellectual development, and civic engagement. These historical democratic-social values are coming to be replaced with those of production and consumption in service to the global economy. The competing and contradictory demands placed upon higher education are often at odds with the traditional notions of liberal education that persist as performative facade, an idealization of the academy existing primarily in the lore, rituals, and mission statements of most colleges and universities, but not always in the outcomes faculty are expected to produce.
Contents: Knowledge Economy: The Academy in Crisis?, Tom Giberson and Greg Giberson. Academics and the New Public Intellectual, Angi Buettner and Peta Mitchell. What Changed When the Term Scientist Was Coined, Pam Stello. The Standards Movement and the Commodity of American Standardized English, Lee Campbell and Debra Jacobs. Disciplined Democracy: War on Literacy, Mary Frances Agnello. Squaring the Circle?: The Development of Academic Programs for Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel, Avi Kay. The Academic as a “Cost Center”: Dishonoring the Promise of the Social Sciences, John McDonald. “Improving Their Share of the Research Dollar”: New Zealand’s Performance-Based Research Fund, Grant Duncan. Outsourcing Ourselves: Students, Academics, and the Service-Learning Economy, Eric Mason and Julia Mason. The Exchange Economy and Student Evaluations: Re-envisioning Student Feedback for Accountability, Authenticity, and Transparency, Eric Metzler and Ross Peterson-Veatch. The Role of Peformance Evaluation and Management Systems in the Commodification of Education, Louella Moore. Commodification and the New Academic: Australia’s Pyrrhic Struggle, Sarah Maddison and Ben Manning. What Higher Education Wants From Business, Dorothy D. Wills. Corporations, Colonization, and Higher Education: The “Benefits” of Institutional Collaboration, Joel Bush. Brand Ex: The Unhappy Marriage of University Branding and Higher Education, Jennifer K. Wood and Thomas P. Oates. Playing “Games”: MBA Rankings and the Efficacy of Pragmatics, George M. Zinkham and Lifei Xu. Inventing Undergraduate Learning Modules for the 21st Century Multiversity, John Scanzoni. Author Index. Subject Index.