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University, Inc: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education

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Our federal and state tax dollars are going to fund higher education. If corporations kick in a little more, should they be able to dictate the research or own the discoveries?During the past two decades, commercial forces have quietly transformed virtually every aspect of academic life. Corporate funding of universities is growing and the money comes with strings attached ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published February 15th 2005 by Basic Books
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Slareck
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A superb piece of investigative journalism exploring the encroachment of corporate/market values into the university and the resulting implications. It is not some kind of leftist corporate bashing, nor is it a wistful yearning for a "pure" liberal arts model, but a clear-headed assessment of how several trends converged to create a "market-model u" and some instances of the problems that has presented.

The trends specifically mentioned include: the reduction of federal spending on higher ed, th
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Wellington
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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This has to be one of the saddest books I’ve read in a while. It’s beautifully ironic. This book comes along and laments of the conflicts of interests with the marriage of universities and business while I am learning to embrace that I can love to have money.

I graduated from the University of Southern California and had a sense that something was amiss in the university system. Back then, I saw a university that catered strongly to the football program and felt like I was getting the scraps. The
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Khouloud Khammassi
Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it
The promise of reading about the corporate corruption in Education was the reason why I wanted to read this book. Trust me, if you love academic gossip (as I call it), you won't be disappointed. There is a lot to read and know and the writer is an excellent job. This book is worth the money and time on spends on it.
Now, why I gave three stars only. It's as simple. There are no chapters on "zionism" in the U.S. educational system. How does this relate to corporate corruption? I let you figure ou
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John
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
The majority of this book is devoted to the relationship between corporations and medical/technological researchers in Higher Education. Her one chapter on the shrinking of Humanities departments (chapter 8) is not sufficient to make this a book on the corporatization of the university as a whole.
Charlotte
Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
extremely well documented assessment of the influence of business on educational institutions. a bit of a niche topic but if you're interested in how academia can be manipulated by money, this is the book to read.
Jeff
Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book and a resource about the monetization of education and education resources. Definitely worth a read. Washburns only problem is that her passion sometimes defines her reporting, this is not an even-handed book by any means.
Salut Muhidin
Nice book to read and learn about the new and future trends in the higher education, case for USA. Yet, the Inc seems will be found in other places in the world.
anne
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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excellent. really important. very depressing. really focuses mostly on science & technology but also mentions the impacts on oter disciplines.
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