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Connecticut University Faculty Say "No" To Neo Liberal Crapification of Course Content and Online "Blended Ed"

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Hartford Courant.

In the State of Connecticut there is pushback by professors against the effort to gut education out of the State University System in favor of privately-designed online crap courses.

Ten of the most highly regarded Connecticut State University professors have publicly withdrawn support for Gregory Gray, President of the Board of Regents for his Education-Gutting Trojan Horse Transform Plan. The faculty's objections were made public in a letter sent to the Legislature's Higher Education Committee. The professors come from all four regional universities in CT: Central, Southern, Eastern and Western Conn.

So what's the problem here? It's crazy how the blueprint for Neo-Liberal looting schemes against the commons (including education) is so consistent. Gray has been peddling advocating a cost-cutting plan called "Transform CSU 2020." Transform [sounds very Gates Foundation'y doesn't it] would cut costs by replacing actual teaching by teachers and academically-crafted curricula with online courses whose "content would be developed by outside for profit companies rather than faculty." Can we articulate another rule of Neo-Liberalism that whenever a CEO says he's cutting costs at the publicly-funded institution it means he's minting a Ka-Ching day for some "private" outfit?

Bottom line, Gregory's "Transform" scheme would reduce the role of faculty - in their words - to 'facilitating' student access to the content." (One wonders if next year's iteration of "Transform" would include Gregory's proposal to adjust faculty ompensation accordingly, because demotion from professor to facilitator. Because diminished value added = diminished comp. Ha ha!

From the faculty's letter:

"Quality education cannot be achieved by replacing faculty with technological gadgets and prepackaged content," the professors wrote in their letter. "Affordability should not be achieved by diminishing the quality of the university experience."

Imagine that! Go Profs!

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Submitted by lambert on

There does seem to be some sort of upsurge of push-back -- the port slowdown, a refinery strike, now this.... I wish there were an aggregator.

Oh, and UConn is where our corrupt President from the University of Maine, Kennedy went, and this same Board of Regents axed him for handing out money and favors to cronies.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

"Oh, and UConn is where our corrupt President from the University of Maine, Kennedy went, and this same Board of Regents axed him for handing out money and favors to cronies."

Oh great. Another corrupt Flexian with permanent highly (tax)-paid employment. No resumes or references required for Gregory Gray. No underpants gnome he.