Extreme academe

Posted: 1 September 2010 in Uncategorized

The corporate university is already upon us.

But the future of higher education, according to Carlin Romano, is “extreme academe”:

Extreme academe, as a vision, ups the ante of such concerns. It adds flash and cynicism to mere trepidation. According to it, college students in 2020 will use plastic cards to open the glass security doors installed at each entrance to campus. On special occasions, the sole tenured faculty member at every institution will be wheeled out, like the stuffed remains of Jeremy Bentham at University College London, for receptions.

Plagiarism, having evolved, with the help of Stanley Fish, from mortal academic sin to mere “breach of disciplinary decorum,” will be an elective track, on a par with fiction and poetry, within the creative-writing major. Several great research universities will be led by former Big Ten football coaches. Indeed, by 2020, President Bok’s nightmare of the future, shared in his commencement address to Harvard’s Class of 1988, may be the standard scenario across the land: corporate logos on syllabi and course materials, ads in the classroom (and presumably above the urinals), commercials during class time, and auctions to the highest bidders of “the last one hundred places” in every entering class.

The question is, given what’s going on right now, will anyone notice?

  1. Clarissa says:

    “corporate logos on syllabi and course materials”

    -Nah. We’ll be handed our syllabi directly by the corporations and fined for every departure from the script their give us.

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