AFT On Campus

Summer 2015

Feature Story
University Inc.
The pernicious effects of corporate influence

The president is a CEO. The strategic plan bristles with marketing schemes and business partnerships. Corporations are installing offices and think tanks on campus, staffing them with administrators who have never heard of John Milton, that icon of academe, but are enthralled with that other Milton, free market economist Milton Friedman.  

Welcome to University Inc. On campuses originally designed as havens for learning, the pursuit of knowledge and the exploration of higher truth, the air is now thick with corporate influence and its companion, a thirst for profit. It’s not just an integration of practical job skills and headier concepts from Philosophy 101—it’s a corporate takeover.

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