And what will the 2016 election cycle bring to U.S. higher education? What do UK results presage for us?
AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO A DYSTOPIAN VISION
(The Higher, 21 May 2015)
What does the recent election result presage for UK higher education (‘Sector stands by for battles …’ (THE, 14 May)? Evidently, a continuation of recent course and speed, namely:
- removing the fee cap, thus further stratifying the sector;
- more deregulation and further pickings for the private providers;
- breaking up national bargaining on employment terms and conditions;
- intensifying REF pressure through performance management, thus skewing research to serve a political agenda;
- further encroachment of income-generating activities; and
- entrenching the consumerist distortion of the academy through more NSS-style ‘assessments’.
We may expect more commercial and political attacks on academic freedoms; the elimination of academic governance in favour of corporate interests and ‘brand identity’; and further differentiation between colleagues in stable employment and those on casual contracts. The overall effect will be to undermine the…
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