Friday, December 24, 2010
The target here is corporate America, but the scenario looks pretty familiar to this denizen of the increasingly-corporatized university, right down to the "revisit[ing]" of "pricing." The kicker? When I visited the originating page, it was running an advertisement from the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) decrying proposed reforms of the for-profit educational sector in the right-hand column (I do believe that there is still a firewall between editorial and advertising content, but it's worth noting that the Washington Post Company owns Kaplan, a far more profitable part of its holdings than the actual, money-losing newspaper).
Happy holiday(s) to all, whatever and however you choose to celebrate (or not); my sympathies to those whose online teaching assembly lines chug on relentlessly, regardless of holidays; and best wishes for many interviews, convention or skyped, to those on the job market. I'm going to concentrate on the less-miserable areas of my life for the next week or so; see you in 2011.