Read Cathy N. Davidson’s latest op-ed in The Chronicle for Higher Education, published on April 30, 2019, “Shame on Stanford: The university’s plan to cut subsidies to its scholarly press is dystopian.”
Davidson begins: “In the wake of the decision by Stanford University to either kill its scholarly press immediately or bring about its slow death by withdrawing a $1.7-million annual subsidy, a story (perhaps apocryphal) is making the rounds. It seems an important administrator at another elite institution once said that his university spent less every year to subsidize its prestigious press than it did to fund a faculty dining hall. If my back-of-the-envelope calculation (of space, staff, and other operating costs) is at all accurate, this story is at least plausible, both for that institution and for Stanford…”
Read the full article here.