Have We Lost the 'Public' in Higher Education?

Robert Zemsky, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, May 28, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think there is merit to this argument. In the last decade or so, argues the author, colleges and universities have been increasingly seen as vehicles through which students could obtain economic advantage. This has allowed them to raise tuitions and thereby to make them less dependent on public support - and accordingly, to become more commercial and less responsible to public interest. As a result, they - and their students - have become over the years less and less likely to engage in experimentation, activism or controversy. Like the author, I think that something is lost when this happens.
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