Taking on the Privatization Trend in Higher Ed

Education Not Privatization

The Privatization Problem

Privatization of online higher education is on the rise. For-profit online education corporations like Academic Partnerships, Kaplan, Wiley, Pearson, and Blackboard contract with public and private nonprofit institutions to provide digital platforms for educational content, recruit students, manage enrollment, facilitate the development of course materials, and more. While the use of digital platforms and online teaching tools can enrich higher education, elements of contracting with for-profit online education corporations can present problems in areas of interest to faculty, particularly academic freedom and shared governance. Check out our resources, surveys, and social media shareables below and learn how you can get involved in making sure that higher education serves the common good, not private profit. Read on. 

As part of our ongoing education on the topic, you can watch Eastern Michigan University AAUP President Judith Kullberg and AAUP Political Organizer Monica Owens discuss of faculty organizing efforts to mitigate the problems with the EMU-Academic Partnerships contract. Here’s the link to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNXc_6nLYkc

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The Education Not Privatization Toolkit

Our goal is to help as many chapters as possible pass resolutions or draft letters of agreement with their institution this academic year. Your AAUP chapter can use this toolkit to pass a resolution on privatization or draft a letter now.

Need extra support?

Contact us at privatization@aaup.org

Contact us at privatization@aaup.org

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Need extra support?

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Download the Toolkit Here

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Fighting Privatization: A View from the Ground

AAUP-AFT Rutgers vice president David Hughes and AAUP political organizer Monica Owens discuss successful faculty organizing efforts to rein in privatization at Rutgers.

"The stakes for higher education and public education could not be greater. These efforts seek to dismantle faculty governance, academic freedom, and public education in the name of Wall Street profits and privatization."
Professor Bill Mullen, Purdue University

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Take our survey on the Impact of For-profit Online Education Contracts

AAUP chapters across the country are building a movement to challenge corporate control of online education. Will you help by answering a few brief questions on this page?

Aggregate data from the survey may be published, but individual data will remain anonymous.