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Academic Futures and the Future of Universities

Here’s a very interesting paper:

WITHERING ACADEMIA? by Bruno S. Frey
University of Warwick, University of Zurich,
and
CREMA – Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts, Switzerland∗
(this version 9 September 2010/BSF)

Abstract: Strong forces lead to a withering of academia as it exists today. The major causal forces are the rankings mania, increased division of labor in research, intense publication pressure, academic fraud, dilution of the concept of “university,” and inadequate organizational forms for modern research. Academia, in a broader sense understood as “the locus of seeking truth and learning through methodological inquiry,” will subsist in different forms. The conclusion is therefore pessimistic with respect to the academic system as it presently exists but not to scholarly endeavour as such. However, the transformation predicted is expected to be fundamental.

I don’t agree with all of this, but it is thought-provoking nonetheless.

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  1. Patrick
    December 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    This is certainly a thought-provoking paper. However I don’t think he succeeds in closing the loop in his arguments about the ‘existing organizational form’ being inadequate. Maybe they are, but not for the reasons he says – I think universities are changing the way they work, not through structures internally, but in the day to day work of academics – the idea that (as he says) “only some older scholars …. can .. afford to work in an interdisciplinary way” is not my experience either.

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