You are invited to explore alternative higher education models. The professional and co-operative models I have developed treat academics as entrepreneurs, not institutional employees. These alternatives are original and do not rely on the increased use of technology, public funding or venture capitalism; while they offer the possibility of sustainable, high quality, affordable, accessible, and equitable academic service. Consider the Professional Model: http://bit.ly/1iWdCEU
It presents the professional alternative as a bid for the higher education social contract, which has been recently and unofficially forced opened by crises across the triad, such as: 1) The purchase of accreditation through private "revitalization investment" in a growing number of struggling or near defunct institutions; 2) The meteoric rise of private and public ventures into Massive Open Online Courses; 3) The continued reduction in public support for everything from higher education finance to its philosophy...
This tender is part of a larger reform effort wherein the service, governance, finance and representation features of the professions are combined with those of the co-operative model in use since the early 19th century. This professional/co-operative model c…
With social media craze and higher
education crisis as parents, the hashtags #alt-ac, #post-ac,
refer to people classified by their work, education, and attitude toward the academy,
who opt or aim for careers across the public and private, employee and entrepreneur
work spaces within and without higher education, and who by some lights are laying
foundation for a new academy. Until recently I was unaware that I might
be classified as an “acer” – as in “hacker.”
Like many others I do not fit nicely under
any one of the three hashtags, though best fit is a reluctant post-ac.For a decade I worked as an adjunct until
five years ago when romantic and labour market forces left me without even this
tenuous access to faculty work.
This is naked thinking on systemic higher education reform aimed at moving higher education from the capitalist to the social economy. It discusses use of the existing co-operative
service/business model as a plausible global strategic response to the crisis
in higher education, with some notes on integrating elements of the
professional service/business model.