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Economic neoliberals (a subset of those defined as perpetuating the era of conservative modernization described earlier [Apple, 2006]) are defined as people who believe in a free-market economy that includes institutions of higher education. Kezar’s analysis shows the myriad ways that higher education for the public good has been reconceptualized as a privatized public institution through 36 HIGHER EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP, AND POLICY an economic neoliberal philosophy. If the shift of higher education from public/social good to a private/economic good is not interrupted by leaders in the academy, then “even if we want to alter the social charter [between higher education and society], it may not be possible to revitalize lost areas of the public good” (p.
Russi communicates that “public higher education is a public good and that the public investment made by the citizens of the State of Michigan is returned many fold and in countless ways” (p. 5). The “ways” Russi mentions are solely through an investment in private individuals, who will then contribute to the public good by economic means. For example, Russi states, “Our universities are serving as catalysts for new business start-ups, job creation, and the attraction and retention of highly educated individuals” (p.
8 percent of the variance across the educational outcomes of the three [racial] groups. (p. 05 or less) for each racial group. The findings show that the “actual experiences students have with diversity consistently and meaningfully affect important learning and democracy outcomes of a college education” (p. 358). Based on the results, the authors argue for more structural, classroom, and interactional diversity on college campuses. Public and Private Goods: A Balanced Frame The Relationships between Higher Education and Society The scholars in this Public and Private Goods: A Balance (or A Balanced) section acknowledge both the public and the private good benefits to society as previously defined.