Lesson Learned: How Corporate America Infringes on Academic Freedom

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Lesson Learned: How Corporate America Infringes on Academic Freedom Never before in our history have private and public bodies been so knotted together. In the past, it was normal to see political in-fighting and ideological struggles between public institutions, particularly government and higher education. In many ways, this is what kept our nation steady, never moving too far to the right nor the left. There are special times in our history when this hasn’t rang true; the era of McCarthyism, and the turbulent sixties are two that come to mind, but the nation and the public institutions which have provided it with guidance have always managed to find their place again and serve those who are dependent on the composure of these bodies. The implications of this fact, particularly with regard to academic freedom and freedom of learning are dire. Our modern times are witnessing a kind of symbiotic relationship which is shaping higher education in ways which will likely steer that historical fight into a territory which is uncharted. This relationship, which can be broadly stated as the merger of private corporations with governing committees within public institutions of government and education, is leading to the loss of higher education freedom faculty employed throughout are more or less used to operating under. The calamity of the recession we still live in has led to an emergence of two hard facts: One, the U.S. government (and its states) was forced to take on unprecedented levels of debt which eventually lesson its ability to fund institutions that provide, in many ways, the spark which keeps our modern economy rolling. Higher education is one such institution which receives this “discretionary” money. Two, p... ... middle of paper ... ... odds with a system that was built on higher ideals for the students and the scholars who teach them. Works Cited Glass, C., Doberneck, D. & Schweitzer, J. (2011). Unpacking Faculty Engagement: The Types of Activities Faculty Members Report as Publicly Engaged Scholarship During Promotion and Tenure. Retrieved from http://0-www.eric.ed.gov.novacat.nova.edu/PDFS/EJ917872.pdf Kuehn, R. & Joy, P. (2010). Kneecapping Academic Freedom. Retrieved from http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2010/ND/feat/kueh.htm Lee, J. & Clery, S. (2004). Key Trends in Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.aft.org/pdfs/highered/academic/june04/Lee.qxp.pdf London School of Economics and Political Science, (2011). Impact of Social Sciences: Maximizing the Impact of Academic Research . Retrieved from http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/the-handbook/

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