Friday, June 23, 2017

Epochal Crossroads and the Values(s) of Higher Education: A Critical Reflection

AAUP-Oregon
June 19, 2017
By Pedro Garcia-Caro, United Academics at UO

Courtesy of AAUP-Oregon
The divisive and toxic national political climate has deeply impacted our campus throughout this academic year, altering the way in which we all see each other and the university as an institution.  Already, over the past decade, the historical crossroads for our university was an increasingly fraught choice between a previously dignified public university or a largely privatized corporation.  The scandalous withdrawal of state revenues away from Higher Education in Oregon and elsewhere in the country dictated a donor-driven, student-as-customer-and-future-alumni ethos for which the narrative of the campus was becoming increasingly more devoted to the show-business of college sports next to the campus as a profitable space for networking, offering a set of business-oriented skills (accounting, letter writing, marketing), and then - as an afterthought - showcasing some cool scientific discoveries resulting from regularly underfunded projects.

Read the full article at the state AAUP website here.


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