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“Cut to Grow” and the Spider Web of the New Global TEMPS

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In this chapter, we argue that the rise of the global education industry, with the goal of capturing the academic mission and markets of postsecondary education as a central target, is a core component of the pandemic disaster capitalism engine in higher education. We introduce our notion of a network of privatized interests we call global total education management privatization syndicates (global TEMPS), and identify major threads of its spiderweb of entanglements, including EdTech corporations, global educational consultancies, corporate class think tanks, and philanthro-capitalists across the political spectrum. We discuss troubling spiderwebs of privatization at play during the pandemic to grow the market for for-profit education in the non-profit space at the same time faculty, staff, and programs were eliminated.KeywordsGlobal education industryAcademic missionEdTech corporationsPrivatization in higher educationPandemic privatization

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