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The Commodification of Education

When: Feb 11, 2014 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

Joel Sipress, "The Commodification of Education"
Swenson Hall 2010

Joel Sipress is a Professor of History at UW-Superior and Chair of the Department of Social Inquiry. He has been involved in community and work place organizing since he was a teenager, working on such varied issues as nuclear disarmament and collective bargaining for UW-Superior faculty and academic staff. He was born and raised in New Jersey and came to the Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior in 1994 to work at UW-Superior.

Topic-"The Commodification of Higher Education" In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century states such as Wisconsin built public university systems that were designed to serve the public interest. Believing that wide spread access to higher education would reap benefits for the public at large and not just for the individual student, public universities were generously supported by tax dollars and tuition was kept low. Over the past 40 years, however, the cost of a public higher education has been increasingly shifted onto the individual student, thus transforming a college education from a public good to a private commodity. The implications of this shift have only just begun to be noticed and considered.

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