Higher Ed as a Public Good


University Business has published an article that initially caught my eye because of its title–“A Pillar of the American Dream: Higher Education as a Public Good.”

But what really caught my eye was the list of co-authors: Lloyd A. Jacobs is president emeritus and professor at the University of Toledo; Janine E. Janosky is dean and professor, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, University of Michigan­Dearborn; Thomas Stuckey is president, Northwest State Community College.

I don’t know anything about Janosky or Stuckey, but I know enough about Lloyd Jacobs’s time as President of the University of Toledo to be very surprised that he would be the lead author of an article with such a title. Without beating a dead horse, Jacobs seemed to represent some of the worst possibilities in the corporatization of the university, regularly dismissing academic freedom and shared governance in favor of administrative fiat and privilege…

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