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Old October 27th, 2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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Higher Education: Capitalism At Its Most Despicable

Higher Education: Capitalism At Its Most Despicable | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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Rating capitalist despicability is a daunting task with Big Pharma and High Finance in the running, but Higher Ed's betrayal of a century-old trust with young Americans vaults it toward the top of the list.

Since 1862 public colleges had been expected to serve primarily as a means for the American people to achieve an inexpensive college education, and to benefit from academic research. The 1980 Bayh-Dole Act changed it all. It freed public universities from releasing new research discoveries to the public, allowing them instead to patent the results and make licensing deals with private companies. The University of California, anticipating big agri-business subsidies, took full advantage in 2013, siding with Monsanto in a lawsuit against a farmer who was accused of stealing the company's seed. The farmer lost. And universities became more deeply entrenched in the capitalist world.

There are other reasons for the continuing degradation of higher education:

The Rise of the All-Administrative University

That's the title of a 2011 book by Benjamin Ginsberg, who noted that administrators nearly doubled their numbers in twenty years while increasing their staff by 240 percent. That staff includes deanlets and deputies, provosts and vice-provosts, directors of community and communications and diversity and development, and various assistants and assistants to the assistants.


The National Center for Education Statistics reported that "For every $1 spent on instruction, $1.82 is spent on non-instructional things such as 'academic support, student services, institutional support, public service' and a catch-all category called 'other.'"

As administrators grew at ten times the rate of tenured faculty positions, much of the redirected money has gone for amenities like recreations centers, dining halls, and athletic centers. At New York University, condos and vacation homes were part of the package for administrators and business faculty. The city areas around elite tax-exempt universities are often filled with potholes and boarded-up houses due to the lack of property tax income.
OMG...we so need to swing hard left and get rid of these corporations destroying our nation as ever other fascist regime has destroyed nations in the past.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 11:52 AM   #2
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I agree that there are far too many administrators at State Universities, and that their salaries are too high. But most of the instructors are far left Liberal/Progressives, and this should make you and the rest of the Democrats happy; so don't blame the Republicans. After all, you guys and all the young Democrats elected Obama. Just relax and enjoy your time in the sun.
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The Bayh-Dole Act did no such thing and the entire OP is based on this fabrication.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:02 PM   #4
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You do realize that this is because of government involvement that these rates are so high and that there is so much inefficiency.
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Government subsidized loans, subsidize colleges not students. Roughly 30% of the loan actually goes to the student, the rest goes to the college. But the student is 100% responsible to pay back the loan. Bottom line, get GOVERNMENT out of the schools.
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You do realize that this is because of government involvement that these rates are so high and that there is so much inefficiency.
No, it's because of teabagger states that don't regulate the costs and because of teabagger federal officials who have created this ability for corporations to get funds to bogus online schools.

You really should know this issue. This is one of the BIG issues the republican/teabaggers are losing.
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No, it's because of teabagger states that don't regulate the costs and because of teabagger federal officials who have created this ability for corporations to get funds to bogus online schools.

You really should know this issue. This is one of the BIG issues the republican/teabaggers are losing.
Why are you lying about online schools now?
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Why are you lying about online schools now?
Anything that teaches something other than left-wing Socialist nitwittery scares the crap out of him...So like a rabid NeoBolshevik, he attacks
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Why are you lying about online schools now?
For-profit colleges and federal aid: They get more than 90 percent of their funding from the government.



You know, there comes a time when you are going to have to look this up yourself. Your stupidity gets old real quick.
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Anything that teaches something other than left-wing Socialist nitwittery scares the crap out of him...So like a rabid NeoBolshevik, he attacks
Please...do provide examples.
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