University Inc: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education / Edition 1

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Overview

Jennifer Washburn, a scholar and journalist, reveals how the growing influence of corporations over universities compromises the future of all those whose careers depend on a university education, and all those who will be employed, governed, or taught by the products of American universities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465090525
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Washburn is currently a Fellow at the New America Foundation. Formerly a Fellow at the Open Society Institute and a senior research associate for the Arms Trade Resource Center of the World Policy Institute at the New School for Social Research Washburn writes for The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Lingua Franca, the American Prospect, and other national magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 A New Kind of Uprising at Berkeley 1
2 The Lessons of History 25
3 The Birth of the Market-Model U. 49
4 The Republic of Science in Turmoil 73
5 Are Conflicts of Interest Hazardous to Our Health? 103
6 The University as Business 137
7 Dreaming of Silicon Valley 171
8 Paying More for Less: The Commercial Squeeze on Teaching & the Humanities 199
9 The Path Forward: Preserving the Public Domain 225
Acknowledgments 243
Notes 247
Index 309
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    Analysis of disturbing trends in American higher education

    Jennifer Washburn¿s investigation inside U.S. universities is disturbing. She paints a portrait of colleges that have forgotten their primary mission and societal role. That is upsetting enough for readers who cherish fond memories of free-thinking college days, but its implications reach far wider. She cites restraints on free inquiry and free speech that should alarm civil libertarians. Her reports of far-reaching attempts to generate profit through patents and technology transfers should concern businesspeople. The most perturbing element of Washburn¿s analysis covers how drug and medical trials have changed, as their control has shifted from the impartial hand of traditional science to the vested authority of pharmaceutical companies. She even implies that anyone using a drug developed in such trials is at risk. The issues in higher education are so sweeping that, at times, Washburn¿s treatment is more a foreboding sketch than a complete analysis. That aside, We recommend it to anyone interested in a well-articulated, strong point of view about higher education, or anyone who follows the issues involved in having a well-functioning civic society, including quality higher education.

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