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ERIC Number: ED567373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 137
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-9705-7
Conflicting Purposes of Higher Education in Federal Language: Defining a Liminal Discourse
Krawczyk, Josh
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University
Colleges and universities currently face challenges in the form of calls for increased accountability, clear economic outcomes and return on investments in education. These challenges emanate from many sectors, including students and families, employers in industry, and state and federal governments. The language of these calls for accountability and return on investment comprise a neoliberal rhetoric that posits education as a tool for economic development and prosperity, often at the expense of the more traditional purpose of higher education. This study explores this rhetoric at the federal level, as manifested in commencement addresses delivered by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, and Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller, from 2009 to 2012. The study examines to what extent neoliberal ideology shapes the rhetoric. This study also examines whether the discourse creates an ideal to which institutions must aspire. Study findings reveal a liminal rhetoric that embraces the traditional and neoliberal agendas for higher education, and an ideal that also combines traditional and neoliberal ideologies. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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