Buying In or Selling Out?: The Commercialization of the American Research University by Donald G. Stein (Editor)
2004 | ISBN: 0813533740 | English | 200 pages | PDF | 0.50 MB
Universities were once ivory towers where scholarship and teaching were unbiased and free from commercial pressure and special interests––or so we tell ourselves. Whether they were ever as pure as we think, it is certain that they are pure no longer. Administrators benefit from patents by commercializing faculty discoveries; they pour money into sports with the expectation that these spectacles will somehow bring in revenue; they sign contracts with soda and fast-food companies, legitimizing the dominance of a single brand on campus; and they charge for distance learning courses that they market widely.