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Knowledge for Sale: The Neoliberal Takeover of Higher Education

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How free-market fundamentalists have shifted the focus of higher education to competition, metrics, consumer demand, and return on investment, and why we should change this.

A new philosophy of higher education has taken hold in institutions around the world. Its supporters disavow the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake and argue that the only knowledge worth pursuing is
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 10th 2017 by MIT Press
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Andrew Fairweather
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the story of what has become of higher education—that an undue obsession with accountability and quantifiable prestige powered by metrics has turned universities into places which reify (at best) irrelevant or (at worst) potentially dangerous assumptions that can have a dramatic affect on public policy. Busch emphasizes that accountability and metrics have become philosophies in-and-of themselves to an absurd degree, to the point where what matters are calculable outcomes rather than out ...more
Stephen Case
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Neoliberalism is undermining the values of higher education, according to this concise treatment by Michigan State University sociologist Lawrence Busch. Neoliberalism here is not, as a conservative Christian reader might assume, the liberal boogeyman who has hijacked the university and turned it into a godless secular factory for producing “Darwinist minions,” as (no joke) one student labeled my own. Rather, the neoliberalism Busch discusses is something more widespread (at secular and Christia ...more
Amber Nicole
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such an important read for understanding the current climate and structures existing in academia. I really enjoyed the author's breakdown of how various policies, built on neoliberal market ideology though not usually through nefarious intentions, have been coming together over the decades to really undermine the creation of knowledge at our institutions.

More importantly, I appreciate that this book provides solutions, both theoretical and practical. I see myself coming back to this book again a
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Ernesto Costa
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To understand what behind the ideas of the New Public Management movement and how these ideas are destroying the university.
Annie Primera
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent and thought-provoking book about the impact neoliberalism has had on HE institutions. Well worth a read even if its a bit on the short side.
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