The Four Clusters

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After reading the articles about higher education, I created four different “clusters” to place the authors into. I put into account what the authors agreed on and how some connected clusters together. The four clusters consist of corporate sponsorships, diversity, graduate students, and finances. This paper will explain why I placed the authors in each cluster by quoting the authors directly from their articles.
In “Introduction: Out of the Ruins, the University to Come”, it is stated that “Bill Readings’s account of the rise of the corporate university of “excellence” anticipated the fate of the contemporary university, both public and private,” (12). Bonewits and Soley also discussed corporate sponsorship when they said, “corporate-sponsored
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Hurtado’s “Linking Diversity with the Educational and Civic Missions of Higher Education” discusses this. He explains a case where students in the majority were discriminated against by a law school and the final result of the case told the school that they would have to consider “the ‘whole student’ review process… and rejected the point system that assigned a value to race in undergraduate admissions,” (188). There needs to be a balance amongst the minority and majority issues. As Hacker and Dreifus say, colleges need to become more “conscientious, caring, and attentive to every corner of their classrooms,” …show more content…
Many students and faculty make up these campuses. Somewhere along the line you will find people who disagree or try to change someone else’s believes to match theirs. This could lead to major arguments on campus. Many people believe they know what is best for the whole world. However, university campuses are filled with so many different people. As David Foster Wallace put it during his commencement speech, “This is Water”, this “is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship. …There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship,” (5).
With finances, this could include student or faculty financial issues. In “Are Colleges worth the Price of Admission?” they discuss the issue of unequal pay amongst professors, “a person teaching the same course as an ensconced faculty member but for one-sixth of the pay of his or her tenured colleague down the hall,” (2). They also discuss how many students graduate with “six figures’ worth of debt” due to the increasing price of tuition (Hacker Dreifus 1). I thought that finances could be anyone’s financial situation in higher education, whether it is a professor or a

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