The Poverty of Higher Ed

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” -Marcellus

Higher education today is so wrong on so many levels. Where do we even begin?

I’ve started this website as a way of encouraging academics and stakeholders to discuss and debate the poverty of higher education. Where did we go wrong? When did we go wrong? Why did we go wrong? How did we go wrong? Who’s to blame for the sad state of affairs in which we find ourselves? Most importantly, what can be done to reform and reinvent our sector?

All voices are equally invited to contribute to these debates. I warmly welcome the views of students, both undergraduates and postgraduates; alumni; tenure-track and tenured faculty; adjuncts and casuals; administrative staff and cleaners; Chancellors, Presidents, and Provosts; employers and employees; policy-makers and politicians; left-wing critics and rightwing critics; scientists, philosophers, and artists; the bold and, yes, even the beautiful. All viewpoints are welcome in these halls.

So, what do you want to talk about? The obsolete funding model to which so many universities still desperately cling in the wake of COVID-19? The erosion of free speech on campus? The marketization of higher education? Corruption on campus? Cover-ups? Calamitous Deans causing chaos and confusion? Performance management? Peer review? Promotion prospects? The perennial problem of job insecurity, work intensification, and mental ill health? Pick your poison.

We are on the verge of revolutionary change in higher ed. Jobs are being lost. The core function of the university is being redefined. Though scary, change also presents a golden opportunity. It allows us the once-in-a-lifetime chance to alter the trajectory of our sector. Now is as good a time as any to take stock of the dire state of higher ed with an eye to making things better for everyone.

As Editor-in-Chief, I will make my own weekly contributions to Dire Ed. If you would like to pitch an idea, feel free to reach out to me. My guiding principle as Editor-in-Chief is to promote a free and open exchange of ideas without prejudice or censorship. This means that you may read articles on this website with which you agree and disagree. Consider this a fair warning for the faint of heart.

I look forward to your contributions to Dire Ed: or the dire state of higher ed. See you around campus.

Prof. Andrew R. Timming

This article is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 License.

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