The University will be featured as one of the institutions struggling with the market-oriented reformation of higher education.
The film features the conflict between the UNC-system Board of Governors and former UNC-system President Tom Ross, who was pressured to step down in 2015 and replaced by Margaret Spellings earlier this year.
Steve Mims, a filmmaker and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, directed the film. He said he came up with the idea when he noticed how several states, including Texas, were defunding their public universities.
“(Defunding) is something that people really don’t know a lot about, and they need to know about it, because it’s an insidious problem,” he said.
According to the film, state funding for higher education has decreased dramatically since the 1980s, while at the same time tuition and fees paid by students at public universities has increased.
Mims said the film presents the conflict between two ideologies in public higher education.
The traditional ideology, he said, treats state universities as a public good. States invest resources into schools, and the return on those investments comes from the students, who can contribute to the development of the state.
Mims said the second ideology, which is more market-oriented, has gained prominence in recent years. This ideology presents higher education as a commodity, and students, as the beneficiaries, should be able to pay for their degrees with minimal government assistance.