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Cracks in the Ivory TowerThe Moral Mess of Higher Education$
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Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190846282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190846282.001.0001

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Three Big Myths about What’s Plaguing Higher Ed

Three Big Myths about What’s Plaguing Higher Ed

(p.229) 10 Three Big Myths about What’s Plaguing Higher Ed
Cracks in the Ivory Tower

Jason Brennan

Phillip Magness

Oxford University Press

The past nine chapters examined all sorts of bad behavior from faculty, administrators, and students. Much of this bad behavior can be attributed to the perverse incentives individuals face because of the way universities are structured. Nevertheless, many commentators seem to believe that three powerful forces haunt academia. They are, supposedly: the corporatization of higher education; neoliberal ideology; and the threat of impending technological disruption. This chapter shows these three alleged threats are greatly exaggerated. It concludes that the problem with blaming all of them on poltergeists and gremlins is there is no real evidence they exist or are causing the current difficulties.

Keywords:   higher education, bad behavior, universities, academia, corporatization, neoliberal ideology, technological disruption

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