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John C. Seitz and Christine Firer Hinze

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288359

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288359.001.0001

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Curing the “Disease” in Corporatized Higher Education

Curing the “Disease” in Corporatized Higher Education

Prescriptions from the Catholic Social Tradition

(p.148) Curing the “Disease” in Corporatized Higher Education
Working Alternatives

Gerald J. Beyer

Fordham University Press

This chapter treats the corporatization of higher education in the United States. In particular, the chapter contends that corporatized higher education has imported individualistic practices and models from the business world, modern economics, and more broadly neoliberal capitalism into higher education. A vision of the human person as selfish, hypercompetitive, solipsistic, and unwilling to sacrifice for the common good (homo economicus) undergirds these models and practices. The chapter discusses the so-called Dickeson model and Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) to illustrate the kinds of practices that flow from this anthropology. It also advances the argument that harmful “symptoms” of the corporatization of higher education such as the casualization of the academic workforce (known as “adjunctification”) have been accepted, at least partially, as a result this flawed understanding of human person. The second half of the essay turns to the Catholic social tradition to prescribe some possible “cures” to the “disease” in corporatized higher education.

Keywords:   adjunctification, Catholic social tradition corporatized higher education, Dickeson model, homo economicus, Responsibility Centered Management (RCM)

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