Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cracks in the Ivory TowerThe Moral Mess of Higher Education$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 August 2021

The Gen Ed Hustle

The Gen Ed Hustle

Chapter:
(p.157) 7 The Gen Ed Hustle
Source:
Cracks in the Ivory Tower
Author(s):

Jason Brennan

Phillip Magness

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190846282.003.0007

This chapter considers the question of why universities require general education or gen ed. If you ask them, they’ll offer a host of nice, public-spirited reasons. The purpose of gen eds is to ensure that students are well rounded, develop a wide breadth of knowledge and skills, and are exposed to multiple fields so they can make an informed decision about their major. However, the real reason for requiring gen eds is that it represents a way for certain faculty to capture students' tuition dollars. The chapter argues that faculty members exploit students for their own selfish benefit, although they disguise this practice with moralistic arguments.

Keywords:   general education, gen ed, universities, colleges, higher education

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .