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The New School

Wednesday, October 12, 8:30-10:00 pm
Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th St. 2nd floor

Thomas Gokey (Syracuse University)
In an attempt to organize the creation of an above-board, rigorous and universally recognized alternative accreditation agency, it is important to note that at present most universities act as corporate mediators, which exploit both students (in the form of outrageously high tuition) and teachers (in the form of outrageously low wages for adjuncts and TA’s, etc.). The only value the university adds to this relationship is accreditation. What new liberal schools have shown us is that the corporate university is nothing but a vampiric bank exchanging one form of credit (tuition) for another (academic) and siphoning off the majority of the value for its own bureaucracy in the process. We aim to break the monopoly on credit, effectively weaponizing schools like the Art School in the Art School or the Public School to threaten the very existence of corporate universities. Accreditation is the corporate universities’ weakness, if we can take that away from them then we gain control of our own schools and our own educations. 

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