[Marxism] Fwd: Investigation Reveals the Extent the Koch Empire Is Willing to Go to Take Over a University | Alternet

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Feb 4 03:58:51 MST 2017


In 2011, the public found out that the Florida State University 
Economics Department had signed a deal in 2008 with the Charles Koch 
Foundation, which would supply the department with $1.5 million over 
several years in exchange for control over hiring decisions and 
curriculum development. After public and faculty outcry over undue donor 
influence, the department renegotiated the deal, signing a new one in 
2013. The foundation of billionaire fossil-fuel industrialist Charles 
Koch, a controversial Republican mega-donor, continues to fund various 
programs at FSU.

A new report from the FSU Progress Coalition and UnKoch My Campus, a 
band of activists who have researched and opposed Koch’s higher 
education donations for several years, analyzes new documents detailing 
the Charles Koch Foundation’s (CKF) prolonged grasp on the Economics 
Department. In addition to influencing hiring decisions within the 
programs it funded, CKF took part in designing required classes for 
economics majors, could cut off graduate fellowships based on proposed 
dissertation topics, and steered the creation of a new certificate 
program within the department.

"Despite all we've seen in past years, the depths of Koch's control 
revealed by this investigation has left us dumbfounded,” Ralph Wilson, 
an UnKoch member and FSU alumnus who worked on this report, told AlterNet.

full: http://www.alternet.org/education/koch-brothers-fsu



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