Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 175–179

Abandoning the Public Good: How Universities Have Helped Privatize Higher Education

  • Michael Devaney
  • William Weber

DOI: 10.1023/B:JAET.0000006857.63363.15

Cite this article as:
Devaney, M. & Weber, W. Journal of Academic Ethics (2003) 1: 175. doi:10.1023/B:JAET.0000006857.63363.15


In this article we assert that much of the public good associated with teaching and research in higher education is gradually being displaced. This privatization of higher education is reflected in increased licensing of research and in the fragmentation of the traditional general education core. Taxpayer de-funding and institutional substitution are economic consequences of public good displacement.

higher educationpublic versus private goods

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Devaney
    • 1
  • William Weber
    • 1
  1. 1.Donald Harrison College of BusinessSoutheast Missouri State UniversityCape GirardeauU.S.A