Whereas, Some alarming trends in higher education include the corporatization of academic administration and the commodification of the research and instructional functions of higher education;
Whereas, Huge investments of public money are devoted to develop online education, and the promise of high-tech education is used as an excuse to reject claims for the building of needed schools and colleges and the hiring of new teachers and classified workers; and
Whereas, As in service industries, technology is used by community college management to cut labor costs, de-skill a majority of workers, improve productivity, and monitor compliance with employer-made rules;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate research the issues of corporatization of academic administration and the co modification of the research and instructional functions of higher education, present the results in a paper and breakout session, and invite foremost speakers on these topics to a future session.
CFT and AAUP, among others, have published significant documents on corporatization, so the committee felt it unnecessary to duplicate the work. Exec member Leon Marzillier wrote a Rostrum article on this topic for the September 2005 issue.