Starring Grover Norquist, and featuring the classic plot where the GOP systematically deprives an institution of money, then uses the ensuing chaos and dysfunction to argue that the institution is in need of “reform.” Alas, in this story their idea of “reform” is handing America’s public universities over to corporations and business interests, much like what is happening to the University of Iowa right now under the Branstad/Rastetter administration. In their model, students are mere consumers of a product, rather than future citizens worthy of investment. Watch the trailer below.
“Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities examines the on-going power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America’s public universities. The film documents a philosophical shift that seeks to reframe public higher education as a “value proposition” to be borne by the beneficiary of a college degree rather than as a “public good” for society. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education. The film focuses on dramas playing out at the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas and Texas A&M.”