Digital Diploma Mills
IAT INFOBITS December 1997 No. 54
In "Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education" (October 1997) David F. Noble
argues that recent events at two large North American universities "signal dramatically that we have
entered a new era in higher education, one which is rapidly drawing the halls of academe into the age of
automation. ... UCLA has spawned its own for-profit company, headed by a former UCLA vice chancellor, to
peddle online education (the Home Education Network). ... in Toronto, meanwhile, the full-time faculty of
York University ... ended an historic two-month strike having secured for the first time anywhere formal
contractual protection against precisely the kind of administrative action being taken by
While faculty concerned about their future employment might be expected to react unfavorably to inroads by outside commercial outsourcing providers, there are indications that students at both UCLA and York were less than enthusiastic as well. For example, the student handbook distributed annually to all students by the York Federation of Students contained a warning about the "dangers of online education."
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