Dutch student protests ignite movement against management of universities

Jonathan Gray, Mar 17, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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While I don't think anyone wants universities to be unmanaged, as the headline suggests, the protests nonetheless are a response to an approach typified under the heading of 'managerialism', wherein fiscal considerations are paramount, while social and human issues are shunted to the sidelines. There shouldn't be an overlap with online learning, but there is, as we have seen technology often employed in the service of this new style of management. It's interesting that "ongoing financialisation and managerialism that is increasingly coming to dominate academic life" seems also to be associated with "an unprecedented crisis in the university’s finances."

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