Posted by: grokscience | May 19, 2005

Corporate corruption of higher education

Research at public universities is increasingly being driven by profit motives that undermine academic integrity and limit the free expression of ideas. What does this shift mean for higher education? On this week’s show, Jennifer Washburn discussed the corporate corruption of higher education. This is a shame, since the reason most of us stay in academia is to avoid having to deal with the real world… 😉 Seriously though, many research labs on public campuses have little distinction from their corporate brethren, which is not necessarily a bad thing for training industrial scientists. But, problems arise when supposedly disinterested academic research is now driven by the bottom line…data gets suppressed or fabricated, scientific personnel are intimidated, and academic departments suffer. But hey, if you dance with the devil…


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