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ERIC Number: EJ1096368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Unfolding the Meaning of Public(s) in Universities: Toward the Transformative University
Guzmán-Valenzuela, Carolina
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v71 n5 p667-679 May 2016
Drawing upon perspectives from diverse disciplines, this paper critically examines some taken-for-granted definitions about what is understood by "public" and its relation to universities. It highlights the need to uncover assumptions and value orientations that are at the basis of these definitions and that tend to guide both conceptualizations and practices about the public role of the universities. It is argued that under neoliberal regimes, the public university takes on private aspects and the private university may even take on public aspects: Universities are here characteristically becoming "hybrids." Despite these overlapping patterns, absences are discerned both in the idea and in the practices of public universities. The idea of the "transformative university" is proposed to help to remedy these deficiencies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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