2. 'Saving State U: Why We Must Fix Public Higher Education,' by Nancy Folbre
Economist Nancy Folbre argues against both the post-9/11 assaults on academic freedom and the corporate restructuring that are holding American public universities back. In this age of tuition hikes, increasing competition, and budget cuts, Folbre argues, these universities are no longer the economic equalizers they should be. Meanwhile, tenure track positions that used to protect academic freedom and shielded faculty members from retaliation are disappearing. This jargon-free account calls public universities to recommit to advancing the common good and promoting academic freedom.