[Marxism] Higher education in the US is driven by a lust for glory | Aeon Essays

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Dec 18 12:55:27 MST 2018

This analysis applies as well to the professoriate. The incentive 
structure for US faculty encourages individual professors to be 
entrepreneurial in pursuing their academic careers. They need to publish 
in order to win honours for themselves and to avoid dishonour. As a 
result, they end up publishing a lot of work that is more useful to 
their own advancement (lines on a CV) than to the larger society. Also, 
following from the analysis of the first problem I introduced, an 
additional cost of this system is the large number of faculty who fall 
by the wayside in the effort to write their way into a better job. The 
success of the system of scholarly production at the top is based on the 
failed dreams of most of the participants.


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