A dispatch from the neoliberal university

“You need not feel commanded to evaluate the course right now. Indeed, the faculty would much rather encourage you to reflect on the nature of this course, carefully considering things like: its design and execution, as well as the extent of your commitment to making the course and your education a success. Don’t forget too to reflect on the material commitments that the university made to the course. Since the university values rigorous critical analysis above all else, please feel free to take your time in crafting your evaluation, and get back to us when you’ve had a chance to think rigorously about what you would like to say.”

This is part of an interesting discussion of student evaluations and more, in the context of the privatizing university. The university is not actually interested in teaching (and you can tell because it does not invest in this) is one of the takeaway points.



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