PERSPECTIVES: Efforts to Silence Voices Are Nothing New, But Recent Attempts in Higher Ed are Troubling

It would be bad enough if those efforts were imposed on higher education (e.g., efforts in Florida to muzzle faculty voices, arguing that faculty speech is, in effect, an extension of government). Still, there is also no shortage of internal efforts (e.g., Harvard’s Bobo’s recent call out of campus protesters). What’s going on? One thing, argues Inside Higher Education’s John Warner, is what he calls “managerialism,” which has become a prevailing approach to higher education administration. “Administrators are incentivized to act as managers rather than leaders by those who oversee and appoint them…rather than a space dedicated to purpose and mission.” Read Warner’s full commentary here.

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