Taking on the Privatization Trend in Higher Ed

Faculty Anti-Privatization Network

The Privatization Problem

As corporate-run online programs are developed at more and more colleges and universities across the country, administrators often emphasize increased access to higher education as a core value of online initiatives. When this happens, emphasis on the quality of education sometimes gets lost. Now, faculty are stepping up to ask: If online education programs focus simply on increasing the number of students, without consideration for quality, are students really being well served?

As a teacher in higher education, you can work with colleagues to advance good policies through AAUP chapters, academic departments, or faculty governance bodies. We are optimistic that faculty and administrators can work together to reach an agreement on policy that prioritizes quality teaching for students, not corporate profit—if we act now to avoid irreversible costs to students, faculty, and our entire higher education system.

Take Action Now: The 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.

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?

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