Pursuing the topic of the role of the university in an age of economic constraint and multiple other social and political pressures, Dr Andrew Hass from the University of Stirling proposes a fourfold way of rethinking universities and their purpose beyond the restrictive, and ultimately self-defeating, parameters set by the economic and business paradigms.
The breadth and quality of education universities once offered is now being seriously eroded by underfunding, says Dr Andrew W. Hass from the University of Stirling. But funding is not where the deeper crisis lies, he suggests. Cutbacks are just the symptom of a greater underlying problem. The real problem is an identity crisis. What is 'the university' for?
Since the 1970s, successive governments have reinforced a social tendency to know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Education has not escaped this destructive culture and John Heathershaw has given a chilling warning of the death of the public university. http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/13749
Higher education in England has changed forever. It is no exaggeration to say that universities are in their twilight hours as public institutions for the universality of people and ideas, says John Heathershaw. The discussions during the occupation at the University of Exeter show that there are alternatives.
There has been an angry response to the government’s admission that only 4% of people from the poorest backgrounds go to university, while life expectancy in the richest parts of the UK is 13 years longer than in the poorest parts.