American University Systems For Profit Universities Essay

851 Words May 10th, 2015 4 Pages
When American university systems begin to model themselves like for-profit universities the faculty and staff are often the ones under fire. To me it becomes more apparent that this philosophy and structure turns even the best universities into money hungry organizations tossing education to the wayside. Author Nicolaus Mills writes, “Whether they are adjuncts or teaching assistants (TAs), those without the claim to permanent jobs cost less and are easy to get rid of in a period of contraction” (5). It seems that the new business-like structure also has that same cold business-like loyalty when it comes to keeping its employees. For instance, other university employees, like cafeteria workers or its landscapers, are actually hired through contractors, whom the school then pays. Colleges and universities like to use tactics like this because they can make it seem that they were unaware or just caught in the middle when someone gets fired or replaced. As Noam Chomsky, a professor of MIT puts it, “So in US industry even more than elsewhere, there’s layer after layer of management — a kind of economic waste, but useful for control and domination”. Conversely, Derek Bok of Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education wrote “academic leaders want to eliminate waste. Every dollar saved from building maintenance or personnel administration is a dollar more for education and research” (4). While what Bok writes sounds like a novel idea, it is a naive way…

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