Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Academic Freedom or Brand Protection

In their history, universities have sometimes down some dodgy things they should not have done - usually accepting money derived from slavery or some such thing.

But only within the past few decades has it been possible to make a statement like this. In wishing the university to assert some control over what types of political figures some of their academics talk about a Liberal politician is quotes saying: "This is not a question about academic freedom,"  "It is about brand protection."

Universities always had a reputation to protect and this could and would impact what money they got. In the this commercial environment, that seems more precarious - and seems (and is often talked about) as a brand. The very concept threatens academic freedom, so of COURSE it it *not* about that...

1 comment:

M-H said...

This isn't relevant to this post, but I thought you might find it interesting after our recent convo about non-academic staff growth. It's from Canada by one of the most knowledgeable, critical and interesting people writing in international Higher Ed:
No answers, but some interesting figures!