Who’s to blame for “corporatizing” Canadian universities?

January 21, 2016

Various groups have tried to blame administrators for the “corporatization” of Canadian universities in the past few decades, writes Jamie Brownlee for Academic Matters, but much of the blame lies with provincial and federal governments. While Brownlee admits that governments have faced growing resource constraints, the author notes that they have also pursued a strategy that intentionally makes universities more dependent on private sector support. As Brownlee puts it, “the logic is simple: once underfunding has undermined the integrity and functionality of a public system, corporations and market-oriented bureaucrats are invited to come in and reinvigorate these ‘failing’ institutions through restructuring or privatization.” Academic Matters