Monday, February 12, 2007

Corporate Investments in Higher Ed: Good, Bad, or Somewhere Between?

While the web hunt for examples of the worst higher ed marketing is continuing (and thanks for the email nominations that I've received so far!), I'd like to post a very interesting article from Terra Incognita, a blog from Ken Udas at Penn State:

Should Corporate Investments have a Place in Higher Education?

"There are ongoing questions about the impact of commercial enterprises on higher education and I would like your thoughts. This topic raised its head again for me just recently. As a follow-up to the recent posting titled “Higher Education Reform in Nigeria”, I was reading an article titled “Nigeria: Akingbola Advocates Radical Varsity Reforms” that touched on the investment that Intercontinental Bank is making in the Nigerian higher education system and specifically at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

I am thinking that this topic is not so cut and dry. There are issues around need, compromise, corporate intent as well as the nature of capacity of local governments and the impulse for “Globalization” as Akingbola frames it in the articles cited above."

Read the full post here.

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