Fall 2012

Volume 11, Issue 4

This special issue looks at the relationship between capitalism, neoliberalism, and higher education. Features include viewpoints on creeping corporatization in academia, a case study in how big state universities are failing non-affluent undergrads, and a closer look at the predatory lending practices that created a nation of indentured students.


The (Mis)Education of Monica and Karen

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When big state universities prioritize the needs of affluent students, in-state undergrads often fall through the cracks.

Anti-Social Debts

As the federal government shifts more of the cost of higher education onto consumers, are we producing a generation of indentured students?

The Not-So-Pink Ivory Tower

Women now comprise more than half of all college graduates, but that doesn’t mean they’re out-competing men.

Teaching to Distraction

Revisioning the college classroom in an age of texts and tweets.

Degree by Default

A bachelor’s degree is the new normal—but is that a good thing?


From the Editors

Higher Education, Inc

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In Brief

Banning the R Word

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Go to Harvard–Free

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Mind Which Gap?

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Science Skeptics

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Pay-to-Play Journals

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Reframing the Achievement Gap

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Academic Capitalism


The Education Assembly Line

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American Sentimentalism and the Production of Global Citizens

What Would Jefferson Do?

In Pictures

Raising Them Right


Keeping Rank

College Sports’ Corporate Arena


The Chattering Class

Religious Origins

Breakthrough Books: Education


Passing on Faculty Roles, Cui Bono?


Revising Peer Review