Techno-Euphoria as a Visa for Neoliberal/Neoconservative Capitalism’s Invasion of Academia: The Case of Digital Measures

 
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2014 (EN)
Techno-Euphoria as a Visa for Neoliberal/Neoconservative Capitalism’s Invasion of Academia: the Case of Digital Measures (κείμενο στα αγγλικά) (EL)
Techno-Euphoria as a Visa for Neoliberal/Neoconservative Capitalism’s Invasion of Academia: The Case of Digital Measures (EN)
Techno-Euphoria as a Visa for Neoliberal/Neoconservative Capitalism’s Invasion of Academia: the Case of Digital Measures (texte en anglais) (FR)

Torres, Myriam; New Mexico State University
Ruiz, Marisol; New Mexico State Univesity

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The overarching purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the link between the push for a euphoric and acritical use of technology and the neoliberal/neoconservative agenda, specifically in the field of higher education. This paper examines the implications of demanding that faculty use Digital Measures for recording their performance evaluations. The authors argue that this ‘technological application’ is a disguised path to centralize control and homogenize faculty performance by privileging only that which can be counted or measured. This centralization of control of faculty performance facilitates top university administrators to compare faculty outcomes (‘productivity’) across the different colleges without considering the unequal allocation of resources, including salaries and teaching loads. This inequality is in turn justified with reference to the ‘market value’ of the various disciplines, rather than their social responsiveness for the common good and human fulfillment. This constitutes a clear example of the already advanced invasion of the ’free market’ doctrine -- central to neoliberalism/neo-conservatism - -into academia. The overemphasis on the “market value” of knowledge, the obsession with measurement and data management, and most recently the techno-euphoria have negative impact on the morale of faculty and the learning environment for students. Under the neoliberal/neoconservative doctrine, the homogenization of procedures and assessments is promoted as increasing quality, rigor and equality to cover up the enormous inequity in faculty treatment, and the detriment of the values of academic freedom and shared governance, the foundational values of higher education as the guardian and agent of democratic and liberating thinking. (EN)
L’invasion du mode de pensée néolibéral/néoconservateur dans le monde universitaire est le fait de l’emploi de la techno-euphorie comme moyen de contrôle des activités de l‘université. C’est par le biais du système de « Mesures Digitales » que ce contrôle a été mis en place, même s’il parait inoffensif comme mode d’évaluation. Cette culture capitaliste dispose de deux moyens principaux afin d’envahir l’université et tous deux sont compris dans les ‘Mesures Digitales’. En premier lieu, il sert à contrôler le professorat par l’emploi du concept de rendement éducatif afin d’affaiblir l’université et par là attaquer l’éducation publique. En second lieu, il sert à miner le professionnalisme du professorat et à affaiblir sa résistance et son pouvoir à parler et à écrire au sujet de l’université corporative et d’autres questions comme l’injustice sociale. Aux Etats Unis, le procès du démantèlement de l’université publique a commencé il y a plus de quatre décennies par la réforme conservatrice dans le but spécifique de démanteler les acquis de l’ère des droits civils. Le but, les priorités et le discours de l’éducation supérieure ont changé sa mission publique (accès équitable, liberté académique, justice et droits humains), en faveur d’une « valeur ajoutée » de standardisation et d’individualisation sans souci des implications sociales et morales de cette modification. (FR)

education (EL)
Measurement (EN)
academic freedom (EN)
top-down control (EN)
University corporatization (EN)
performance evaluation (EN)
Neoconservatism (EN)
capitalism (EN)
neoliberalism (EN)
Education-Higher Education (EN)
digital technology (EN)
education (FR)

Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών (EL)
University of Patras (EN)

English

2014-04-04


Hrray (EN)

Academia; Τόμ. 3, Αρ. 1 (2013); 5-29 (EL)
Academia; Τόμ. 3, Αρ. 1 (2013); 5-29 (EN)
Academia; Τόμ. 3, Αρ. 1 (2013); 5-29 (FR)

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