The Problem of Administrative Epistemology

Updated: Mar 15


The ongoing, renewed scandal of University of Southern California’s (USC) handling of sexual harassment reports has brought many questions to the forefront over how to prevent these atrocities in the first place. Chris Newfield writes: "There is a well-known alternative to management as marketing controlled from the top: open deliberation grounded in shared governance." While the university upholds and envisions such standards for other areas of society, it fails to do so for itself. He goes on to say: "The Puliafito and Tyndall cases show that self-governance and top-down governance are at odds. Self-governance depends on the intelligence of the entire community, starting with people working with students and patients in the trenches. The kind of decisional oligarchy favored by most universities today guarantees epistemic privilege, and epistemic disrespect, and the inevitable blindness and error."


"Downfall of USC's President: The Problem of Administrative Epistemology"

By Chris Newfield


*This article is also posted under critical concepts. The content exemplifies "managerialism" as epistemic privilege in higher education.