American universities are the envy of the world, but they may be on the brink of discarding the very values and practices that have made them so successful, argues journalist Washburn, as secretive connections between private industry and the academy have begun to "undermine the foundation of public trust on which all universities depend." Washburn has a muckraker's keen eye for scandals and coverups; her examples of academic research suppressed in the name of corporate profits will startle readers. Not content with merely drawing back the curtains on the sordid world of the increasingly revenue-centered university, Washburn argues that the recent partnerships between schools and businesses rarely generate the financial windfall that they promise, leaving educational institutions and state legislatures with strapped resources and hollow rhetoric about creating the next Silicon Valley. While this focus on job creation (or the lack thereof) is the least sensational element of the book, it is the most timely and important, and Washburn's coup de grace is to show that even private industrial leaders and economic pragmatists like Alan Greenspan have begun to criticize the decline of traditional liberal arts education and the rise of the corporate university as economically and socially disastrous. Washburn offers a few modest and thoughtful prescriptions for saving higher education, but this book is more likely to be read for the illnesses it lucidly diagnoses. (Feb.)
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"A heartfelt, well-documented expose of a major rip-off that debases education in several important ways." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Jennifer Washburn has written a provocative, timely, deeply researched book about the ongoing corporate take-over of universities." -- Mark Edmundson, author of Teacher and Why Read?
"Washburn has done a splendid job of marshalling the evidence for this disturbing indictment." -- Marcia Angell, author of The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to do About It --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The examples are slanted towards the medical profession and drug research, but the main point is right on the money---unfortunately: corporatization destroys independent research. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mate wierdl
i forgot that i bought this book in here!
great book, excellent reading. It's a little bit dated by now, because the very model this book was exposing ended up trumping the... Read more
This was a well researched book in showing the money trail of influence on higher education, but, I think the author's next book should be titled "Federal Govt Corruption Of Higher... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steve Ashworth
And, unfortunately, I would not have believed any of its contents; until I had actually witnessed it firsthand for myself... Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Eric P. Patty
Everything man invents, whether it be higher education, computers, or governments, he corrupts. Seek and you will surely find. Man is corrupt by nature.Published on December 4, 2010 by realdeal
Washburn has gathered and digested a tremendous amount of relevant information about the corruption of higher education, and shared it in a no-holds-barred manner that blasts much... Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by R. SCHWARTZ
Im writing this review just after reading the latest Wall Street Journal ranking of colleges by corporate recruiters. The top schools are in Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana. Read morePublished on September 14, 2010 by Peter T. Wolf
The jacket art of University Inc. is very misleading. It makes the book look like a popular screed, a bullet-pointed harangue. It is not. Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by Richard B. Schwartz
I had high hopes for this book due to the Amazon reviews that seemed overwhelmingly positive.
This book is really just a list of examples of how corporations tried to... Read more