The challenges of neoliberalism to the democratic promises of higher education

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Justin Massey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kathryn Hytten

Abstract: Neoliberalism is a far-reaching ideology that has impacted public higher education since its inception. This ideology poses significant challenges to historic and contemporary promises of public higher education. In this paper, I explore the complex and often contentious relationship between neoliberalism and public higher education beginning with a brief historical analysis the purposes and goals of public higher education within the United States. I also examine the historical and contemporary democratic elements of public universities, specifically those that comprise the UNC System. As part of this study, I also examine the macro-level implications of neoliberalism on a national level. As a former administrator within public higher education, I share my experiences within the Academic and Student Affairs fields to illustrate the micro-level effects of neoliberal influences within higher education. I conclude with recommendations that are focused on greater institutional equity, increased access to public higher education, and collaborative practices that can be implemented to create a more democratically robust public university.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Democracy, Higher Education, Neoliberalism, UNC System
Neoliberalism $z United States
Educational anthropology $z United States
Universities and colleges $z United States
University of North Carolina (System)

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