Whackademia: an Insider’s Account of the Troubled University
November 21, 2013
Australian universities are not happy places. Despite the shiny rhetoric of excellence, quality, innovation and creativity, universities face a barrage of criticism over claims of declining standards, decreased funding, compromised assessment, increased vocationalism, overburdened academics and never-ending reviews and restructures. In a scathing insider exposé, Dr. Richard Hil lifts the lid on a higher education system that’s corporatised beyond recognition, steeped in bureaucracy and dominated by marketing and PR imperatives rather than intellectual pursuit. Fearless, ferocious and often funny, Whackademia exposes a world that stands in stark contrast to the slogans and mottos joyously promoted by our universities. Raising bold questions that go to the heart of Australian higher education, Whackademia is an unsentimental call for a re-enlightened higher education sector that’s not only about revenue, efficiencies and corporate profile.
Whackademia: an Insider’s Account of the Troubled University, by Richard Hil. Chicago : University of New South Wales Press, 2012. 239 p. ISBN 9781742232911 (pbk.)
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