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Here are excerpts of the article, which was published in Canada but is equally applicable to higher education in the U.S.:
university degree, after all, is a credential crucial for economic
success. At least, that’s what we’re told. But as with all such
credentials—those sought for the ends they promise rather than the
knowledge they represent—the trick is to get them cheaply, quickly, and
with as little effort as possible. My students’ disaffection is the real
face of this ambition.
teach mostly bored youth who find themselves doing something they
neither value nor desire—and, in some cases, are simply not equipped
for—in order to achieve an outcome they are repeatedly warned is
essential to their survival. What a dreadful trap.
in particular matches perfectly with the type of change I’ve observed
on my watch: the eradication of content from the classroom.
efforts to create the illusion of academic content are acceptable so
long as they are entertaining, and successful participation requires no
real effort and no real accountability.
your professor hat for a moment and students will speak frankly. They
will tell you that they don’t read because they don’t have to. They can
get an A without ever opening a book.
don’t worry—you won’t go bust because of this failure, not in the
modern university. So long as your class is popular and fun, you’ll be
favoured by the administration and probably receive a teaching award.
This, even though your students will leave your class in worse condition
than they entered it, because you will have pandered to their basest
inclinations while leaving their real intellectual and moral needs
is no clearer example of administrators’ contempt for faculty. But
there is also no clearer example of their contempt for students.
As money is siphoned from academic programs through attrition, it is channelled into a host of middle-management positions.
1979 to 2014, central administration and staff ballooned by three and a
half times, while the size of the faculty merely doubled.
students, and governments keep supplying them with capital, assuming
there will be a genuine return on investment. But since the institution
no longer produces anything, no such return is forthcoming.
Spending on the student services sector in Canadian universities increased an incredible six-fold between 1979 and 2014.
student services cabal is no longer there to support faculty in their
work of educating students “but to compete with them to define the
Insiders are quiet after they read this, because they know it's true.
The financial burden created by the higher education cartel is immense and expanding:
mask the enormity of the sums squandered on "education" that has little
measurable results, the federal government has purchased most of the
No inflation here--just a 137% increase in 15 years: