Used by educational institutions as an alternate stream of revenue, corporate sponsorships allow private industries to buy the naming rights for classes. Proponents claim that it allows them to keep classes running and that the corporations rarely get involved in defining curriculum. Critics contend that it compromises the integrity of the curriculum and ends up serving as an endorsement for products and services. In some cases the corporations also ask for the rights to the intellectual property produced by the students in the class.
Read the post about FARM’s sponsorship appeal.