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29 DECEMBER 2008

Universities marginalised in the knowledge economy?

"There was widespread consensus that universities appear to be in an end game with respect to the arts and humanities. For a long time, universities had to accept that there would be economic imbalances between various schools, and that one should expect the sciences and engineering to be the money drivers for the whole.

But with the advent of the corporate model, universities have been brought in line with big manufacturers who decades ago began requiring that all their divisions, big and small, turn a profit or be liquidated. That survival of the fittest approach is bad news for the arts and humanities, given that they're not part of a military industrial complex that drives "grants" in the sciences.

Moreover, turning knowledge into marketable product that a university can profit from (that is, exploit) distorts freedom of enquiry, given that this is de facto the freedom to enquire into things that won't or can't turn a profit, if, in fact, these are things that can even be well understood. In other words, one should be concerned about what cannot happen in an institution that commodifies knowledge and sees the function of the university mainly in consumer terms.

Really, the corporate approach is quite inefficient insofar as it fails to properly operationalize all aspects of a university and alternatives like open sourced education might work better. When areas like religion, classics, English, the foreign languages, painting, performance, philosophy, history, and art history are second–rated and marginalised, it means that disciplinary resources aren't being well utilised within a general knowledge economy (if one is required to think in those terms). In fact, the typical option of sacking or cutting these areas (note the recent demise of German departments in the UK) speaks not to their weakness but to the poverty of a university model that is overly restrictive – governed by a dog–eat–dog corporate culture that is blinkered."

(Herman Rapaport, 26 October 2005)

[Sociologist Basil Bernstein describes this phenomenon in terms of the regionalisation of knowledge.]


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