From academic + -ize.
academicize (third-person singular simple present academicizes, present participle academicizing, simple past and past participle academicized)
- (transitive) To make academic; to turn or absorb into a formal academic subject. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- ^ Brown, Lesley, ed. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.