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Australian Universities' Review, v52 n2 p11-17 2010

This article considers whether a threat is posed to academic independence in corporate universities by the United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney. The USSC rapidly worked its way into Australia's oldest university, building a unique governance structure in which a private business lobby vets senior academics and controls the Centre's finances. Despite a secret management agreement, the aims, control mechanisms and some of the outcomes of this project are fairly plain. The Centre has undermined academic independence, dressed up the business lobby's agenda as "normal" academic activity, and has raised broader questions about the capacity of the corporate university to manage conflicts of interest.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, School Business Relationship, Governance, Corporate Support, Power Structure, Politics of Education, Conflict of Interest, Institutional Autonomy, Academic Freedom

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Author: Anderson, Tim

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1128&id=EJ907018

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