The platform university: the destruction and resurrection of universities in the auto-industrial age

Murphy, Peter (2018) The platform university: the destruction and resurrection of universities in the auto-industrial age. In: Barnett, Ronald, and Peters, Michael A., (eds.) The Idea of the University: contemporary perspectives. Peter Lang, New York, NY, USA, pp. 483-500.

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[Extract] Right across the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develop­ ment), the prevailing model of the university, the mass post-industrral university, is in deep trouble. It took off in 1970. Today, it is an educational, research, fiscal, and careers-enhancing failure. It is consumed by wasteful bureaucracies, point­ less functions, grossly inflated costs, falling research output, diminishing discovery, chronic dropout rates, and a poor return on student investment. Degrees are of diminishing value; university graduates increasingly end up in low-level service occupations. The post-industrial university has few, if any, means of reversing this. Yet more confronting still than the creeping entropy of these ageing institutions are the epic structural changes that are percolating under the surface of contemporary economies. In the past two centuries, leading societies have moved through agrar­ian, industrial and post-industrial stages. Each stage involved large-scale structural change. Today, post-industrialism is being supplanted by auto-industrialism.

Item ID: 56775
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1433149795
Keywords: universities; digital; automation; higher education
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 23:45
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 65%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change @ 35%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
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