New book explores "rise of corporate universities"

February 23, 2011

In correspondence with Inside Higher Ed about their new book, Lowering Higher Education: The Rise of Corporate Universities and the Fall of Liberal Education, UWO sociology professors James Coté and Anton Allahar discuss the transformation of the university into a "pseudo-vocational institution," where university education is now seen narrowly as a ticket to a job rather than as "a means to cultivating a well-rounded and informed citizenry." The authors say we now have many institutions where a "culture of disengagement" prevails and students in the culture have a sense of "entitled disengagement" never before seen in post-secondary schools. In their view, restoring liberal education is about a return to standards, stemming the tide of grade and credential inflation, and removing the idea that university is where one goes to get "job training." Inside Higher Ed