Examining Academic Capitalism


Zuk, Charly

About me

Charly Zuk is a Ryerson University fourth-year Professional Communication undergraduate. Throughout her undergraduate study, Charly focused her writing and research on storytelling strategies and information dissemination theories. Charly’s time at Ryerson helped her to deeply investigate and learn about ableism, feminism, patriarchy, and racism, as well as their effect on society today. Charly has developed the capacity to comprehend and address the exceedingly difficult and diverse demands of the twenty-first century.

Charly has worked with Toronto’s most respectable not-for-profit foundation, SickKids, and has taken a communication position at a specialty pharmacy upon graduating from Ryerson. Charly plans to return to school to earn a degree in mental health and addiction.



It is an unavoidable and unfortunate fact that university is costly. This research study, called “Examining Academic Capitalism ” helps provides insight regarding why post-secondary education is so expansive and academic capitalism’s impact on students.

Since the 1960s, Canadian university degrees were seen as the path to profitable economic output and the notion to produce greater incomes of financial returns for both citizens and communities. Once seen as the golden ticket to success, university degrees have now helped create a world of overqualified baristas and increased student debt. Through a grounding theoretical lens, I hope to research the impact capitalism has on the Canadian post-secondary education system. Within this study, I examine Canada’s history of higher education, the current role of faculties and programs, and universities’ corporate relationships. The importance of this research relies on reviewing academic integrity in Canadian universities to evaluate whether or academic capitalism is overruling education, and as a result, threatening the core academic values of learning and education for professors and students.

The aim of this study was to discover what students think, feel, and believe about their past or current postsecondary education, what price is too high for postsecondary education, and whether education should be partially subsidized, free, or full price.

The mixed-methods study has yet to finish collecting sufficient data that will provide insightful answers to these research questions.

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Project Tags

Education; Academic; Capitalism; Research; Postsecondary; College; University

Examining Academic Capitalism in Canada

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