Destroying public universities: a 12-step programme

A succinct plan of action for the global shift to turn universities into private businesses is provided here by the US’s Chronicle of Higher Education. It seems that some on this side of the Atlantic already have the manual.

‘3) As state support recedes, encourage a student-loan system that will create a “market for higher education.” Saddling students with lots of debt will make them enterprising and rational consumers of educational products and will encourage them to safeguard their economic interests. Refer to these changes as “empowering students.”…

‘… (5) Put into place various “oversight instruments,” such as quality-assessment exercises, “outcome matrices,” or auditing mechanisms, to assure “transparency” and “accountability” to “stakeholders.” … If you run out of ideas, just contact the Texas Public Policy Foundation.’

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