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Koch Funding of Universities Shrouded In Secrecy. This post first appeared at The Center for Media and Democracy.

Koch Funding of Universities Shrouded In Secrecy

(Photo: Koch Exposed PR Watch) In a recent column entitled “The Campus Climate Crusade,” The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel spent over 800 words arguing the basic conceit of UnKochMyCampus, a campaign uniting students at universities around the country who are working to increase transparency on their campuses and fight attempts by corporate donors like Charles and David Koch from influencing their education. Her core arguments? The left is wielding transparency as a “weapon,” and efforts to access information through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are “shutting down debate across the country.”

Let students be students – not customers. When the University of Bologna started offering tuition in the 11th century, there arose what we would now call a snag in the business plan.

Let students be students – not customers

Knowledge could not be sold as it was considered a gift from God. However, students paid the teachers a “collectio”, a voluntary gift, and over time these donations became salaries. Inevitably some students did not pay, but in those instances the city authorities would usually stump up. Most of the learners were part-time mature students working as archdeacons and canons of cathedrals, since civil and canon law were the core of the curriculum. So you see, there is nothing new about “earn while you learn”. This tension between education as something that transcends grubby commercialism and yet costs money to deliver is very much alive today. The Nation: Nine Billionaires Who Want to Control Public Education. George Joseph in The Nation has written a sharply researched article about the nine billionaires who have been planning to impose their ideas on New York state since at least 2010.

The Nation: Nine Billionaires Who Want to Control Public Education

They are, as you might expect, hedge fund billionaires. They have given millions of dollars to Andrew Cuomo in both his election campaigns. They have also given millions to a group called New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany that campaigned to maintain Republican control of the State Senate. Their handiwork can be seen in organizations such as Families for Excellent Schools (no, these are not families of children in the public schools, they are the families of hedge-fund billionaires), StudentsFirst, Education Reform Now, and Democrats for Education Reform. Their goal: More privately-managed charter schools. Virgin voters: why we'll fight for a fairer education system. In our “Virgin voters” series, we listen to what young people and first-time voters have to say about the election issues that matter most to them.

Virgin voters: why we'll fight for a fairer education system

This week students have been protesting to demand a fairer higher education system. Beweging De Nieuwe Hogeschool opgericht. Een aantal studenten heeft samen met het Studenten Overleg Medezeggenschap (SOM) de Nieuwe Hogeschool opgericht.

Beweging De Nieuwe Hogeschool opgericht

Afgelopen weken stond de studentenwereld op zijn kop door bezettingen in Amsterdam en de oprichting van De Nieuwe Universiteit in verschillende steden. ‘Universiteiten moeten schuld niet afschuiven’ ‘Universiteiten moeten schuld niet afschuiven’ Universiteitsbestuurders hebben de onvrede in de academische wereld jarenlang ontkend of weggewuifd.

‘Universiteiten moeten schuld niet afschuiven’

Ze hadden zich sterker tegen het ‘Haagse’ beleid moeten verzetten, vindt het Platform Hervorming Nederlandse Universiteiten. In haar recente reactie op de protesten van studenten en medewerkers aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, wees universiteitenvereniging VSNU wat te vaak naar ‘Den Haag’, schrijven de hoogleraren René Boomkens en Hans Radder in een open brief namens platform H.NU.

Live. Nederland Belastingparadijs. Dear Maagdenhuis, can we please get our shit together? If the movement for a New University is to win, it must not only formulate its own answers — it must also struggle for the power to implement them.

Dear Maagdenhuis, can we please get our shit together?

Maagdenhuis en koepels. 25 maart 2015 - De HO-tour van Bussemaker is door Bunge en Maagdenhuis nogal van de route geraakt.

Maagdenhuis en koepels

Doordat het debat ineens over rendementsdenken en betrokkenheid gaat, maken de HO-bobo’s handig gebruik van de competente rebellen voor hun eigen agenda tegen OCW. De HO-tour van minister Bussemaker kende tenminste vijf afleveringen door heel het land. The Academic Manifesto: From an Occupied to a Public University. The Occupied University The university has been occupied – not by students demanding a say (as in the 1960s), but this time by the many-headed Wolf of management.1 The Wolf has colonised academia with a mercenary army of professional administrators, armed with spreadsheets, output indicators and audit procedures, loudly accompanied by the Efficiency and Excellence March.

The Academic Manifesto: From an Occupied to a Public University

Management has proclaimed academics the enemy within: academics cannot be trusted, and so have to be tested and monitored, under the permanent threat of reorganisation, termination and dismissal. The academics allow themselves to be meekly played off against one another, like frightened, obedient sheep, hoping to make it by staying just ahead of their colleagues. The Wolf uses the most absurd means to remain in control, such as money-wasting semi- and full mergers, increasingly detailed, and thus costly, accountability systems and extremely expensive prestige projects. Letter from Amsterdam. The Maagdenhuis, which houses the headquarters of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, is an 18th-century building with a modern interior and a large cuboid atrium with terrible acoustics—exactly what you would expect from a space never intended for assemblies, speeches, or songs. For some reason an empty trapeze hangs from the middle of the ceiling, activated sporadically by a motor, like an invisible Dutch acrobat is doing invisible tricks.

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