Lawrence C. Soley: Leasing the Ivory Tower: The Corporate Takeover of Academia

Lawrence C. Soley: Leasing the Ivory Tower: The Corporate Takeover of Academia

  

Soley returns fire here in the escalating battle between liberals and conservatives over "political correctness" on college campuses, university curricula, and control of the U.S. educational agenda. He confronts Dinesh D'Souza, author of Illiberal Education (1991), and Roger Kimball, author of Tenured Radicals (1990), head-on; and he charges that the debate over "political correctness" is a red herring. Soley counters that big business, the military, and conservative think tanks have taken control of major campuses, such as Columbia, MIT, Brigham Young, and Michigan State. He argues that many universities have become research and development centers for major corporations and that almost all money donated to universities comes with strings. He also targets professors who spend more time consulting than teaching and university presidents more familiar with corporate boardrooms than classrooms. Soley documents his accusations and observations well, and his book will provide balance to any collections recently dominated by a barrage of conservative works. David Rouse