Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education

The second half of today’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross is an interview with Derek Bok, Former President of Harvard University, who wrote the book Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education. It ties to our previous discussion regarding Academia and Politics. Interesting.

Among the commercial activities at many universities and colleges these days are: drug companies giving money to medical schools, industry buying the rights to scientific discoveries and industry-endowed faculty chairs. Bok is critical of such ventures.