12. Higher Education and the Capitalist Turn: Research and Reflections
ERIC MARGOLIS AND MICHAEL SOLDATENKO
This chapter is the result of our personal experiences as well as research in the literature on higher education. Arizona State University (ASU) has the largest student body in the United States and during the 21st century has developed a model for the neoliberal university further than any state university—a self-acknowledged “New American University.”1 California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) is one of 23 campuses in the California State System, the largest four-year public university enrolling nearly 450,000 students and searching for its place in the neoliberal university marketplace. The authors each have about 45 years of experience in American universities ranging from the Ivy League to community colleges. During those years the most profound change took place in the history of the university; it transitioned from a state-supported institution primarily concerned with social betterment to a service institution that prepares students for future employment, competing in a market with similar institutions for student tuition and fees.
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