Cracks in the ivory tower : the moral mess of higher education
- Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness.
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
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- Physical description
- 1 online resource.
- Brennan, Jason, 1979- author.
- Magness, Phillip W., author.
- UPSO eCollections (University Press Scholarship Online) Stanford OSO Jun 2018-May 2019.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 1. Neither Gremlins nor Poltergeists
- 2. What the Academics Really Want
- 3. Why Most Academic Advertising Is Immoral Bullshit
- 4. On Reading Entrails and Student Evaluations
- 5. Grades: Communication Breakdown
- 6. When Moral Language as a Cover for Self-Interest
- 7. The Gen Ed Hustle
- 8. Why Universities Produce Too Many PhDs
- 9. Cheaters, Cheaters Everywhere
- 10. Three Big Myths about What's Plaguing Higher Ed
- 11. Answering the Taxpayers.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Academics extol high-minded ideals, such as serving the common good and promoting social justice. Universities aim to be centers of learning that find the best and brightest students, treat them fairly, and equip them with the knowledge they need to lead better lives. But as Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness show in Cracks in the Ivory Tower, American universities fall far short of this ideal. At almost every level, they find that students, professors, and administrators are guided by self-interest rather than ethical concerns. College bureaucratic structures also often incentivize and reward bad behavior, while disincentivizing and even punishing good behavior. Most students, faculty, and administrators are out to serve themselves and pass their costs onto others. The problems are deep and pervasive: most academic marketing and advertising is semi-fraudulent. To justify their own pay raises and higher budgets, administrators hire expensive and unnecessary staff. Faculty exploit students for tuition dollars through gen-ed requirements. Students hardly learn anything and cheating is pervasive. At every level, academics disguise their pursuit of self-interest with high-faluting moral language. Marshaling an array of data, Brennan and Magness expose many of the ethical failings of academia and in turn reshape our understanding of how such high power institutions run their business. Everyone knows academia is dysfunctional. Brennan and Magness show the problems are worse than anyone realized. Academics have only themselves to blame.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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- 9780190846299 (electronic bk.)
- 0190846291 (electronic bk.)