The author of the essay quoted below, Reinhart Hutter, is German, so you’ll need to focus and perhaps grab a dictionary if you plan to get through the entire piece. However, if you are interested in the nature and current state of college and university education, then this is well worth the effort. I’ve pasted the first two paragraphs and offered a link to the rest.

University education delivers goods that are seen as commodities, as purchasable means to satisfy individual desires and solve collective problems. The knowledge it offers is a production, a techne that is a means to an end extrinsic to it. All academic disciplines in the late-modern research university have become servile arts, and the university an accidental agglomeration of advanced research competencies gathered in one facility for the sake of managerial and logistical convenience.

The ideal of a liberal education that carries its end in its very practice has been supplanted by an efficiency-driven program of knowledge making and a respective training in the communicative, mathematical, and scientific skills necessary for contributing to this knowledge making and applying it to ends dictated by individual and collective desires. The university has morphed into a polytechnicum with a functionalized, propaedeutic liberal arts appendix, a community college on steroids, with undergraduate training subdivided into functionalized pre-med, pre-law, pre-engineering training and the “salad bar” consumer curriculum in the humanities.

Let me call this the Baconian university, named after its spiritus rector, Francis Bacon.….