At the beginning for the new millennium, higher education is under siege. No longer viewed as a public good, higher education increasingly is besieged by corporate, right-wing and conservative ideologies that want to decouple higher education from its legacy of educating students to be critical and automous citizens, imbued with democratic and public values. The greatest danger faced by higher education comes from the focus of global neo-liberalism and the return of educational apartheid. Through the power of racial backlash, the war on youth, deregulation, commercialism, and privatization, neo-liberalism wages a vicious assault on all of those public spheres and goods t controlled by the logic of market relations and profit margins. Take Back Higher Education argues that if higher education is going to meet the challenges of a democratic future, it will have to confront neo-liberalism, racism, and the shredding of the social contract.
Henry A. Giroux is Waterbury Chair Professor of Secondary Education at Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is the author of many books including The Abandoned Generation, Stealing Innocence, Channel Surfing, Border Crossings, and Impure Acts. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania, USA. Susan Searls Giroux teaches English and Education at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author with Jeffrey Nealon of The Theory Toolbox. She is also the co-editor of The Review of Education/Pedagogy/Cultural Studies.