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Re: <nettime> Douglas Belkin, Caroline Porter: Corporate Cash Alters
© Robbins on Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:51:37 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Douglas Belkin, Caroline Porter: Corporate Cash Alters


My 2?:

Actually these "trends" have been recognized as in existence for far longer .  Relative to my own experience on the academy ( in California, ) their both overt and covert "influence" relative to the directives of curricula has been exercised since the mid-'90's.  The Universities and Colleges were the R&D centers for funding entities - especially corporate entities as they excised R& D from their business plans.  When funding state university curricula they received both the R& D , as well as tax benefits = a rise in corporate profit = happy stockholders. and we all know the spiral far too well.

To mind mind, this initial corporate R&D was merely sublimated in the States since 9/11 by the significant funding directives of Homeland Security and are now coming back to light as the specter of terrorism has been back-staged a bit and the R&D from the military has made its way into consumer manufacturing/product lines.

Best,

Chris



On Apr 13, 2014, at 8:40 AM, Brian Holmes wrote:

> On 04/13/2014 01:54 AM, Patrice Riemens wrote:
> 
>> More companies are entering partnerships with colleges to help design
>> curricula, as state universities seek new revenue and industry tries
>> to close a yawning skills gap.
>
> Well, yeah, these are the trends that have been emerging since 2008. The
> corporations want people trained in exactly the kinds of technologies and
> business processes that they use, so they can hire and fire without
> having to invest in what they call "human capital." They also want
> prospective employees to be educated by Internet, so they can easily
> retrain, at their own expense, while in between jobs. To the extent the
> corporations retool universities to these ends, we are going to have a
> very different culture. Call it total neoliberalism.
 <...>

 Christiane Robbins

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