“There appears to be a substantial gulf between the ‘assumptive worlds’ inhabited by university principals and vice-chancellors and the academic staff whom they are leading,”
“The pervasiveness of corporate culture is manifest in many ways: in endless restructurings and policy documents (often written in a bizarre corporate ‘pidgin’); in a form of managed consensus which treats principled dissent as a thought-crime; and, most worryingly, in the replacement of truth by loyalty as the prime institutional value.”
“Universities’ administrative staff may pay “lip service” to liberal concepts of education, but corporate strategy has gradually become the key driver of higher education policy.”
“This is not entirely surprising, since the ‘reference groups’ whose approval they seek speak the language of money, targets, research excellence, skills and international profile, rather than the language of students, courses, learning and disinterested pursuit of knowledge,”
Sound familiar? This was written by Walter Hume, Research Professor in Education at the University of West Scotland. More details can be found in the THE article on his new paper “Tribalism And Competitive branding in Higher education”.
These few paragraphs seem to me a succinct description of what has happened to the UK not just in Higher Education but everywhere! In the Health Service, in social services, in the Arts, in Publishing, everywhere.
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