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.