Defending Higher Education
The Crisis of Confidence in the Academy
By Dennis Hayes
Routledge – 2006 – 192 pages
Series: Key Issues in Higher Education
This thought-provoking book exposes the real crisis of confidence in higher education - not caused by funding problems or increased student numbers, but by academics unwilling or unable to defend free and autonomous enquiry.
Government policies introducing programmes of vocational study and educational requirements are endangering a fundamental cornerstone of academic study - the pursuit of knowledge. The challenge this book presents to all academics is to overcome their crisis of confidence and to renew the integrity of higher education as a centre of knowledge creation.
Introduction: the death of the university? 1. The subject of higher education The crisis of confidence in higher education 3. Towards the therapeutic university 4. The changing nexus between work and education 5. Understanding vocationalism in education 6. Lifelong learning means lifelong dependence 7. The great loss of confidence: fearful academicians and failing politicians 8. Innovate or atrophy: the challenge of the think tanks 9. ‘Public’ intellectuals without a public 10. Higher education outside of the university