Universities today function like a marketplace where schools compete for students to buy their product.
The Atlantic magazine’s Alia Wong charts the rise of the U.S. News & World Report university rankings in the 1980s as part of a larger trend toward the commodification of higher education. The 21st-century academic system functions like a marketplace where schools compete for the best students to buy their product, but many top educators contend that the rankings have a detrimental effect on higher education. getAbstract recommends this critical analysis to students, parents, educators, school administrators and counselors seeking a more holistic perspective on what makes for a quality university experience beyond the rankings.
In this summary, you will learn
- How university rankings have helped fuel the commodification of higher education in the United States
- How educators are fighting back
- Why the influence of rankings is unlikely to wane in the near future
Comment on this summary
Customers who read this summary also read
Darrell M. West
Brookings Institution, 2015
Michael King et al.
IBM Institute for Business Value © 2015, 2015
The Huffington Post, 2015
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
The Atlantic, 2015