Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State, and Higher Education

Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State, and Higher Education

by Sheila Slaughter, Gary Rhoades
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801892333

ISBN-13: 9780801892332

Pub. Date: 06/23/2009

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

As colleges and universities become more entrepreneurial in a post-industrial economy, they focus on knowledge less as a public good than as a commodity to be capitalized on in profit-oriented activities. In Academic Capitalism and the New Economy, higher education scholars Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades detail the aggressive engagement of U.S. higher

Overview

As colleges and universities become more entrepreneurial in a post-industrial economy, they focus on knowledge less as a public good than as a commodity to be capitalized on in profit-oriented activities. In Academic Capitalism and the New Economy, higher education scholars Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades detail the aggressive engagement of U.S. higher education institutions in the knowledge-based economy and analyze the efforts of colleges and universities to develop, market, and sell research products, educational services, and consumer goods in the private marketplace.

Slaughter and Rhoades track changes in policy and practice, revealing new social networks and circuits of knowledge creation and dissemination, as well as new organizational structures and expanded managerial capacity to link higher education institutions and markets. They depict an ascendant academic capitalist knowledge/learning regime expressed in faculty work, departmental activity, and administrative behavior. Clarifying the regime's internal contradictions, they note the public subsidies embedded in new revenue streams and the shift in emphasis from serving student customers to leveraging resources from them.

Defining the terms of academic capitalism in the new economy, this groundbreaking study offers essential insights into the trajectory of American higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801892332
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Chapter 1The Theory of Academic Capitalism1
Chapter 2The Policy Climate for Academic Capitalism35
Chapter 3Patent Policies: Legislative Change and Commercial Expansion69
Chapter 4Patent Policies Play Out: Student and Faculty Life108
Chapter 5Copyright: Institutional Policies and Practices131
Chapter 6Copyrights Play Out: Commodifying the Core Academic Function157
Chapter 7Academic Capitalism at the Department Level181
Chapter 8Administrative Academic Capitalism207
Chapter 9Networks of Power: Boards of Trustees and Presidents233
Chapter 10Sports 'R' Us: Contracts, Trademarks, and Logos256
Chapter 11Undergraduate Students and Educational Markets279
Chapter 12The Academic Capitalist Knowledge/Learning Regime305
References339
Index367

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