The Twenty-First Century Gold Rush: The Plunder of Public Assets and a Radically Restructured Teaching Labor Force
Article first published online: 2 SEP 2013
© 2013 Immanuel Ness and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 403–410, September 2013
How to Cite
Fabricant, M. (2013), The Twenty-First Century Gold Rush: The Plunder of Public Assets and a Radically Restructured Teaching Labor Force. WorkingUSA, 16: 403–410. doi: 10.1111/wusa.12061
- Issue published online: 2 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 2 SEP 2013
Over the past thirty years the commons has experienced dramatic change in both its level of funding and redistribution of functions to the market. These trends have contributed to the restructuring of public higher education's labor force. The shift from a full-time to part-time labor force is increasingly being joined to market-based profit-making ventures associated with online learning. These recent developments represent a third stage of part-time faculty development within the academy. The architecture for maximizing online revenue in an era of intensifying austerity is underpinned by “cheap labor.” Importantly it is in the dynamic between cheap labor and online learning that many public university administrators have identified their alternative to a steady regimen of starvation budgets.