One component of SUM’s work is research, which for us basically means figuring out, among other things, how money flows through the university. The goals of this research are 1) to develop a collective analysis of the crisis through autonomous knowledge production; 2) to help understand local struggles at the University of Michigan within broader struggles around the country and the world; 3) to develop arguments that contest the pervasive and “common sense” narratives used by administrators and politicians to impede effective political work; and 4) to imagine new and appropriate tactics and strategies in our struggle to build a radically democratic university run by students and workers. In order to share some of this work, we’ve also started to produce materials that can be easily distributed. Some of these materials are archived here. Feel free to print and distribute them as you see fit.
- Explaining Tuition Hikes at the University of Michigan (html) (pdf)
- Construction Not Instruction: Bonds and Buildings at the Public University (html) (pdf)
- The Darker Side of University Endowments (html) (pdf)
- Unpacking the Myths of Financial Aid (html) (pdf)
We’ve also written on the blog about some specific projects at the University of Michigan on the basis of similarly extensive research. They’re indexed here.