This post is of a paper that was presented at The University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA) conference in December 2008 at the University of Antwerp. It explores the changing nature of the US public research university as it responds to and helps shape the social and economic realities of an integrating world.
Early in August of 2015 I was invited to make a short presentation at a Community Harmony Luncheon at Pure Land Learning College in Toowoomba, Australia. The topic of the presentation was on the roles that dialogue and engagement play in social harmony.
One of the challenges that fee-free education faces is the stigmatizing assumption that anything that is free must be inferior. In addition to considering the logic of free education, it is also worth considering the benefits of open education, and asking why fee-free college and open education are critically important and are not being discussed together as part of the same public policy debate.
In a 2014 article published in Liberal Education Stephen Rowe provides a framework to help interpret the reasons for the rise of Managerialism in the contemporary university, the negative impacts of Managerialism, and some approaches that might rectify or at least mitigate the negative impact of Managerialism on the university. While striving for similar outcomes, I propose open and agile practice as an alternative to the reductionist and hierarchical assumptions of traditional strategic planning.
This posting is an edited text of the Residential Colleges Professorial Lecture delivered at the University of Southern Queensland on August 6, 2014. The lecture was intended to introduce the students to the nature of the corporatized university and the impact that commercialization has had on traditional university values including the rights and responsibilities conferred through academic freedom.
Openness in education or OEP is perhaps the most important development in higher education during the past decade. The movement has resulted in dozens of education collaboratives, millions of open resources, and new educational, learning, and business models,
The second half of the Introduction to A Free and Ordered Space is a lot less playful than the first. Here Giamatti points to the nature, purposes, and failings of the University, preparing the reader for the body of work included in the book.
In the introduction of A Free and Ordered Space, Ruminations on University Presidency, Giamatti parodies his experience as president of Yale University, and the university broadly, foreshadowing the rise of the corporate university.
In the coming months I plan to use “A Free and Ordered Space: The Real World of the University” by A. Bartlett Giamatti as a source and sounding-board for my thinking about higher education.
Ginsberg’s The Fall of the Faculty: The rise of the all-administrative university and why it matters, serves as a sounding board for a larger discussion about the roles of academic and administrative parts of the university community and ultimately the value of a university education.