"At the end of the report, the authors congratulate themselves: We have never lost sight of the value of learning to students, nor the significant contribution of higher education to the quality of life in a civilized society. A first response to this declaration might be to describe it as either a lie or a joke. There is no recognition in the report at all of the value of learning; quality is a measure nowhere referenced; civilization, as far as one can see, will have to take care of itself .
But at second thought this paean of self-praise is merited once we remember that that the reports relentless monetization of everything in sight has redefined its every word: value now means return on the dollar; quality of life now means the number of cars or houses you can buy; a civilized society is a society where the material goods a society offers can be enjoyed by more people. "
Sadly, there are people on this forum who see life in the same incredibly limited way.